Kekana Calls For Full House On Sunday

06/Jul/2017 22:15

Mamelodi Sundowns have urged their fans to turn up in their thousands for a historic game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

The African champions take on AS Vita Club in their final Group C game of the Confederation of African Football Champions League.

This will be the first time a fixture is played in the evening on a Sunday, which will provide their fans with ample time to get to the stadium.

Traditionally, evening fixtures are played either midweek or on Saturdays, but CAF has ruled that they will determine both the date and time fixtures are to be played.

Sundowns have already qualified for the next round of the competition following a victory over St George, but they are not taking this game as a dead rubber. They are going all out for a win, and hope leaders Esperance lose against St George so they can end the stage top of their group.

And for Vita, it is all a matter of pride, and they will play to avoid the wooden spoon in the group. They also have a massive score to settle against the Champions. They had beaten the Tshwane Giants to eliminate them from the last campaign, but were disqualified and Sundowns reinstated, giving them the stroke of luck and good fortune that saw them winning the championship.

Add to that the fact that Sundowns also humiliated them in front of their fans in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the reverse fixture, they will have everything to play got.

Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana would dearly love to see Masandawana pack the stadium and provide the kind of vibe they experienced last time out in Ethiopia, where 30 000 fans packed the stadium to cheer St George. Kekana took to social media to call on South African fans to get behind the local teams in the same way.

With the pressure off, they will be able to relax and play the kind of game the fans expect from champions. Vita can certainly play, and their hard running play has made them a difficult side to beat.

There have been suggestions that Coach Pitso Mosimane will give some fringe players a run.  The truth is that he does not have the luxury of fringe players, having lost Keagan Dolly and now Teko Modise from the registered squad.

And, with the injuries his team is carrying, he is left with very little room to play around with.

Even more importantly, Mosimane knows that winning is a habit, and has shown in the past that he takes ever game seriously.

With less pressure, two players will be key up front, and both Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri are due some goals. Sibusiso Vilakazi will also face less pressure, while Themba Zwane can improve on his performance.

Another player that is due a turn in fortune is Leonardo Castro, who, with Dolly gone and Khama Billiat battling injury, is the last of the CBD.

In defence Mosimane has been riding his luck. Last time out, Denis Onyango saved a penalty which, had it gone in, would have changed the course of the game.  Motjeka Madisha blasted his own upright in trying to clear. But it is often said that one makes his own luck, and there was nothing lucky about the manner Thapelo Morena laid out for Anthony Laffor to score the winning goal against St George.

Mosimane will probably look to Morena to bring that same level of pace to the game to pin back the Vita backs.

Sundowns communications co ordinator Thulani Thuswa was just as awed by the fans in Ethiopia. He said that he could feel it reverberate in the stadium.

“We know we can create the same vibe. We have done it before, so let’s go out there and make it a big day for the Tshwane Giants,” Thuswa said.

“The captain has asked for this, and appealed for a high turnout. A siyeni Masandawana!”

35 Responses to Kekana Calls For Full House On Sunday

  1. loyiso says:

    Siyaya Masandawana

  2. encore says:

    I will be there, i just hoope the entrance will be professional and we wont be pushing each other like last time, Please can the organising committee look into it that they allow the fan entrance to the stadium on the first come-firrst serve to avoid stampede

  3. collen says:

    With Chiefs having confirmed the release of Abraw, what’s your take members?? I for one thinks he can be a good acquisition for our yellow- brigade. He’s got pace, aggressive, confident and can score with his head. Let’s engage!!!!

    • Seyda says:

      Yesterday, I was thinking about Abraw for our team . I think he can do well in this team.

    • Ob says:

      Yes member

    • Sam-4-Downz says:

      I’m sorry member but I don’t agree, I wanted to say you are taking rubbish but I realized I have to respect you, so I respectfully disagree with you regarding signing a zebra reject.

  4. Bucks says:

    Is it a free entry game? I foresee shoving and pushing here

  5. Maja says:

    Will there be some sort of pre-match entertainment for us to arrive early at the stadium? Not that I’m expecting a response cause the marketing department in our team(eish)…good luck to the team.

  6. Ronnie Bothma says:

    I see all this initiative the team is coming up with of half price and free if you have the team jersey, but my concern is the time. Why schedule the game in the evening. On Sunday nogal… What about people coming from far? The game will end around 21h00. It’s winter now. Surely this should have been taken into account. Good luck to the team!

    • Seyda says:

      I m disappointed from you member for not understanding CAF rules. All the group stages will be played at the same time. CAF is the one that decide the times. Remember Tunisia and South Africa have the different time. This is the compromised time for all teams as Esperance prefer to play at 11pm at our local time.

      • Ronnie Bothma says:

        Well I was under the impression that when you host the match, you chose which day and time you want to play the match. Like Esperance did two weeks ago. But I hear you that it is the last games of the group stages. So during these games the option of the host team deciding gets taken away.

    • Makhosonke says:

      CAF is the one scheduling games, and remember CAF is full of Muslim they other wise

  7. Downs says:

    Why are you disappointed member? Cause you happened to know the rules? Any who just a simply correction, not all the groups will be playing on Sunday at 19:00 but group C. Some groups will be playing at 22:00 on Sat etc. Esperance played Sundowns at 23:00 hours that day because of RAMADAN not because they preferred to.

    • Seyda says:

      @Downs, CAF has spread the group matches for both CCL & CCC from Friday to Sunday. I apologise if I sounded to undermine another member.

  8. yellow boss says:

    Yellow family lets go and pack this stadium, we’ve done it before

  9. Dalom says:

    We’ve just lost Samuel Julies to Chippa. I just wish all the other teams can over-price their players when we approach them for their players, just to force the technical’s team hand into promoting our youngsters.

  10. MAHAMUSA, KHUNE, MVALA, manyisa and evans rosike to wear sundowns colours this coming season. Amen

    • ITDowns says:

      Hello Member, expect for Mvala; I don’t see Khune coming to deputize for Onyango. If you are referring to the same Rooi Mahamutsa who was skinned by our very own Khama, I don’t he will be a good signing either. I think Manyama, Coetzee, Ngoma/Mekoe should remain priority.

      • Mzimela says:

        Matome member bro wam last time u promise to close that chapter of your favorite Mahamutse have u ever heard how much Khune earning do properl research if we love team why want to be old age home

    • Moseti says:

      The 36 year old Mahamutsa? 😂

  11. Evidence says:

    I still mantain that Thendo Mukumela, Matlala Makgalwa & Malebago Modise must be promoted. Tshepo Ntlaba must also be promoted.. I agree we must sign the player that will add value at the club

  12. Fraser. says:

    Hi members I agree with Abraw ,he will add value on attacking those high balls in the area. because so far we have one striker who is good on air but the opponents are able to contain him. I know pitso is reluctant to sign for free but lets look at the possible value the player can add free or not free agent please please yellow machine lets sign Abraw .Anyone to convince Pitso members???

  13. Mzimela says:

    S,A football law allowed team to register 5 foreign player is any slot here ,Zakri Nascimento,Castro.Bangaly.Hachi can u see the space whom do u want to ship out for Abraw i know our but we need to think before we says

  14. Emjay says:

    Denis Onyango

  15. Emjay says:

    Anthony Laffor

  16. Emjay says:

    Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Karma Billiat

  17. Mzimela says:

    Members the others have obtain south Africa citizen ship 5 i have mention are registered as foreigners as we know foreigner players qualfied for local citizen after 5 years playing S A

  18. Mzimela says:

    Members the others have obtain south Africa citizen ship 5 i have mention are registered as foreigners as we know foreigner players qualfied for local citizen after 5 years playing S A thats reason Abdul and Mahachi been loan out

  19. kickboboza says:

    Gud luck Masandawana,I wish I was at the stadium.Working night shift.KABOYELLLLOW

  20. dion says:

    Hi Masandawana, a very good game against AS Vita unfortunately we didn’t convert our clear cut chances and I was impressed with Villa,he was Villa whom I knew from Wits at his best and lastly Lucas Moripe stadium is cursed I hate that Stadium lately and looking forward meeting Waydad Casablanca. KBY forever.