“I was very skeptical about this rather very long break midway through the season and how I would use it,” admits Mngqithi.
But now, with the League about to resume after a seven-week break, Mngqithi has turned his doubts into belief and is showing a broad smile on his face.
“I’m pleased with the way we have made use of the break to good effect and I’m now in a very good position with regards to the condition of my team because I’ve taken advantage of the extended time to cover aspects that we could not cover in pre-season.
“From the way that we have worked since we started training in the New Year, what we need now is only to put to test in the League games what we been practicing,” Mngqithi tells snl24.com/kickoff.
Mngqithi is delighted having downed both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in a mini-tournament held in Durban recently.
Those results were achieved at the back of a week long camp in Howick.
“Before the tourney we went down into camp in Howick where we were able to benefit from training at high altitude. Howick is very convenient for us as it has the facilities and is an area where there are teams we can play.
“As a team from the coast, we needed high-altitude training as there are more teams from the inland. Teams like Black Leopards and Platinum Stars in the past will always hold an advantage when we visit them because of the conditions,” he says.
Arrows will be away to Stars at Olympia Park in Rustenburg when league resumes on February 12.
Another plus for Arrows is that their Zambian defenders Joseph Musonda and Billy Mwanza have kept active at the Nations Cup with Zambia and will return fit.