Mamelodi Sundowns joint head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed what points haul the club is targeting in their attempt to retain the league championship.
Downs are the current DStv Premiership title holders having clinched it last season under then coach Pitso Mosimane in what was sponsors, Absa’s final year.
With the side unbeaten after four matches and sitting top of the table after collecting 10 points, Mngqithi was asked how they can sustain the ideal start.
“We have looked at our periodisation and tried to tweak some of the things and our training programme, which I must commend our conditioning department – they have done a little bit better in that space,” he told the media.
“But I must say it also helped us to bomb out of the MTN8 because that was a big surprise for the team. We wanted to go through, but that setback maybe galvanised a little bit going into our first match against a big team.”
Their CAF Champions League schedule could affect their domestic campaign, Mnqgithi said, so it is important to collect maximum points at every opportunity.
“We kept that momentum and that is important. In January we have plus, minus nine games and between now and January it’s about 14 to 15 matches in total. So it is very important that when you have moments and when you have breathers in between, you plug your gaps and work very hard,” the coach explained.
He added that Downs were targeting their record 71 points, which was achieved with Mosimane at the helm to win the 2015/16 league title.
“The boys have responded. The games we won are not easy, but one feels maybe we dropped points against TTM and we would have been in a better space. We are getting to where the team was when we got 71 points, and we are trying very hard to push for that bench mark to see how far we can go,” said Mngqithi.
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