Sundowns’ coaches emerge from baptism of fire and embrace titles as ‘Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego’


Johannesburg – It appears that the Mamelodi Sundowns coaching trio of Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Baloyi and Steve Komphela have embraced their collective nickname mischievously titled to them from the fans of “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego”.

Fans trolled the three coaches on social media after they lost their first match in charge to Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarter-final stage of the MTN8 by likening them to the biblical figures from the book of Daniel.

The story of the three figures – thrown into a furnace by King of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar II, but emerging unscathed – might have some resonance with the three co-coaches too.

“I think today we scored one of those well-taken free-kicks and credit should go to the coaches that I work with because they really put up a lot of good work.

“Our high press‚ we know what we are capable of and what it can give us. It is just unfortunate that we are not benefiting much in terms of goals from the high press but are hopeful that in the near future something will come out.

“We are trying our level best to improve our game intelligence‚ ball possession and we are still struggling with a lot of balls being lost‚ especially in transitions. Sometimes on transition we think an opportunity will come out but it becomes an opportunity for the opponent to come at us‚ and we are forced to deal with their counter and press‚ which make the game scrappy.”

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