Having studied the Celtic pair’s aerial prowess before the game, Mngqithi sounded disappointed that his defenders failed to contain Letsoalo and Mzwandile Mahashe when the resultant free-kick was delivered to their box by Ronald Pfumbidzai.
“Letsoalo is always dangerous and Mahashe on the far post, so it was just unfortunate for the goal to be scored by the people we’d identified as their main guys,’’ said the Downs mentor.
Sundowns deployed a typical Mosimane XI, with only three new faces in Nyiko Mobbie, Peter Shalulile and Haashim Domingo getting to start. Mngqithi was impressed with the three debutants.
“There’s a lot of good work. I think Domingo played very well as a number 10 for us. Shalulile was a constant threat on the attack. At times he lost possession cheaply but he always looks to help the team to establish play from him,’’ said Mngqithi.
The Brazilians will hope to bounce back with a bang when they begin their league title defence against last season’s runners-up, Kaizer Chiefs, at FNB Stadium on Saturday (3.30pm).