Zondo was forced to part ways with Phunya Sele Sele after a recent run of poor results, which culminated in a 3-1 capitulation to Moroka Swallows on Sunday.
Celtic are currently in 10th place on the PSL table. They have a game in hand on most of the teams above them and overall have had a reasonable season thus far, especially if it is taken into account that they have had their fair share of injuries.
Mngqithi, now enjoying a fine run of form with Abafana Bes’thende, was understudy to Zondo during his reign at the KZN club which ended last season.
Mngqithi believes the decision made by the Celtic management was a hasty one.
“I think it was a premature decision. With time almost all clubs go through a bad run of form. Clubs need to support the players and coaches during these times,” he told KickOff.com.
“But in South African soccer this is the culture. If a team has a bad run of four or five games, it can seal a manager’s fate. But it should be kept in mind that any team can struggle – Manchester United manager Alex Fergusson took ages to get going when he took over, but look where he is now,” says Mngqithi.