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Mngqithi hurting after Downs’ exit, but won’t play the blame game

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Mngqithi hurting after Downs’ exit, but won’t play the blame game

Coach Manqoba Mngqithi surveys the wreckage after stumbling again at the Champions League last 8 hurdle

Sports reporter

Coach Manqoba Mngqithi admitted to the hurt after Mamelodi Sundowns were spectacularly dumped out of the Champions League by Petro Atletico in the quarterfinal stage on Saturday at FNB Stadium.

Angolan side Petro, who will take on Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in the semifinals, progressed with a 3-2 on aggregate win over Sundowns, after they won 2-1 in Luanda and pulled off a hard fought 1-1 draw in Johannesburg.

For Sundowns, this is the fourth time in five attempts they have failed to reach the semifinal stage of the Champions League. This mental block seems to be causing a complex for a team that covets a second success to their 2016 triumph, and was shaping up as a dark horse for this season’s title after its impressive group stage performances...

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