Mngqithi: 'This crop of players must make their own legacy'

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Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has thrown down a challenge to his Mamelodi Sundowns squad to create their own legacy by winning titles after booking their place in the MTN8 finals on Tuesday.

Sundowns booked their place in this year's MTN8 final with an emphatic 4-1 aggregate win over Golden Arrows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

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Peter Shalulile opened the scoring for Masandawana followed by goals by Divine Lunga and Neo Maema to move one step closer to lifting their maiden MTN8 title.

Speaking after the final whistle, Mngqithi challenged his players to continue their own legacy of success at the club.

"It's our target and the message was very clear from all of us from the beginning that this crop of players must also make their own legacy," Mngqithi said post-match.

"To others, the MTN8 might not be a prestigious trophy but to us and the new generation, it’s very important.

"Saying, 'we won the MTN8 cup that was elusive over so many years, I think 14 years if I'm not mistaken.

"So it was very important for our players to come into this match with a mentality to know that we must book a place in the final.

"When we also get to that final then they must be aware of the legacy that they must create for themselves.

"The team has won every other trophy but we have not won the MTN8 so it was very important for us as coaches and everybody in the team who were hungry for this one.

"We want to tread carefully and keep our feet on the ground and focus as much as we can."

Scroll through the gallery to see the most valuable combined XI between Sundowns & Pirates

GK: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates) – R14.4m
GK: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates) – R14.4m
RB: Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R21.6m
RB: Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R21.6m
CB: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates) – R23.4m
CB: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Orlando Pirates) – R23.4m
CB: Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R13.5m
CB: Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R13.5m
LB: Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates) – R18.0m
LB: Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates) – R18.0m
CM: Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R19.8m
CM: Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R19.8m
CM: Fortune Makaringe (Orlando Pirates) – R16.2m
CM: Fortune Makaringe (Orlando Pirates) – R16.2m
LW: Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R25.2m
LW: Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R25.2m
RW: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates) – R16.6m
RW: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates) – R16.6m
CAM: Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates) – R21.6m
CAM: Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates) – R21.6m
ST: Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R27m
ST: Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R27m
Scroll through the gallery to see Orlando Pirates
Scroll through the gallery to see Orlando Pirates & Mamelodi Sundowns' most valuable combined XI