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Sundowns Hope To Continue Good Run

22/Aug/2017 09:19

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has another early opportunity to try out combinations as the Absa Premiership goes into the second round of matches as his side takes on Polokwane City at the Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Brazilians got their campaign off to a flying start at the weekend when they disposed of cross town rival Supersport United 2-0.

Now they face another side that has often proved to be a banana peel. In their last encounter, Sundowns dropped two critical points when they dominated the Polokwane side but could not get the ball over the line, the game ending goalless at the same venue.

Two seasons before, the Polokwane side beat the Brazilians in Polokwane in a game that contributed to Sundowns losing  the league championship.

Now, Mosimane believes he is getting close to getting a machine that fires on all cylinders in place.

And at the weekend, Sundowns played like a well oiled machine, although Mosimane wants to see them scoring more of the opportunities that they create. Their build up play is often a marvel to watch, but once inside the scoring areas, either one touch too many robs them of goals, or hurried desperate attempts when the feel under pressure give their opponents respite.

Although Khama Billiat had three shots at goal blocked by the Supersport United defence, the Brazilian has the talent to do better, and he knows it. So does Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri, while super sub Anthony Laffor has not been firing as we know he can.

The good news is that new signings Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese have come to the party, and Lebese, in particular, is due for his first goal for his new side. With Sibusiso Vilakazi watching, it would be interesting to see how he responds if given a run by Mosimane.

Polokwane opened their account with a draw  in the Polokwane derby at the weekend, but have shown their worth. In particular, Rodney Ramagalela has been their go-to man for goals when the going gets tough, but it is George Chigova, who stood between Sundowns and victory last time out, who the Brazilians have to find a work-around for.

Mosimane will have his top two goalkeepers at his disposal, with Denis Onyango, his regular first choice, and new signing Brimah Razak set to compete for the gloves. This is sure to get both to give a 100% performance if given a chance. Both know there is still Kennedy Mweene and Thela Ngobeni in the wings.

The central defence line seems to have settled, with only Ricardo Nascimento still on a recovery programme following an operation. 

But it is the role that captain Hlompho Kekana plays that has become crucial for Mosimane.  Kekana opened his scoring account when he netted the opening goal at the weekend, while Manyisa kept his central defence role. Manyisa himself is no slouch when within striking range, so there will be options for cut back opportunities for both men.

Mosimane hopes his boys maintain a winning run to go better than they did in the past, where they often went several games at the beginning of the league season, which has made this game crucial.   It is also the first game they play at Loftus since early last season.

7 Responses to Sundowns Hope To Continue Good Run

  1. Bucks says:

    Indeed Polokwane City has been a pain in the a$$

  2. sibusiso mthendeni says:

    Tuesday, 22 August 2017.
    Sundowns vs Polokwane City at Loftus, 19:30
    Sundowns Daveyton branch has organized transport for this game, departure time is 17H30 from Daveyton Mall.
    Call Sibusiso on 073 656 7001 / 062 158 1697

  3. Vuyi says:

    A Loftus game for us is definitely a win…
    ha ba shwe

  4. Sledge says:

    Since Billiat is doubtful to start today, Sekotloung must start upfront to give us some goals cos he’s hungry to prove himself. Thela Ngobeni must also start today to boost his confidence. All the best MaSandawana amahle

  5. kulakk says:

    Yes member, Sekotlong must start, even if Billiat was available, Thokozani shud replace the wasteful Tau

  6. kulakk says:

    People hav been blaming Lucas Moripe stadium everytime we failed to Win … Now We got Molested in their Favourite Loftus … What is the Excuse now ?? Its time we admit ukuthi, Pitso ‘s favouritism is Killing us … Thapelo Morena is the Most Useless Rite back in our team, Yet Mbekile & Zwane are always ignored … Percy Tau is Another Useless player in Our team , Yet He s Starting Every game .. Again, Madisha costed us like he did against Marisburg , Yet Our Best Centre backs, Arendse + Nthethe are rotting in the Stands …. Ayy this team is Hurting us ….. Tjeeeeerrrrrrr

  7. Thabo J says:

    Our central defenders are not up to scratch. Madisha is still premature and the less said about Bsngaly the better.

    Tau is very wasteful and must be sidelined in order to see that his game is not up to point. I still maintain that we need a ruthless, non compromising, killer striker. With Zakri, Tau and Biillist as our trump cards, I doubt as to whether we will go far.

    At times I feel like there is an element of favouritism.