After a busy October period and a positive start to November Mamelodi Sundowns will enjoy some downtime as the football calendar enters the international break period.
Since the last break, The Brazilians have stamped their authority both domestically and continentally. In the league Downs have remained unbeaten and unbreached as they continue with their record-breaking start to the DStv Premiership. October ended with the team lifting the MTN8 trophy, ending a 14-year wait for the domestic cup. The Brazilians also qualified for the group stages of the CAF Champions League following an aggregate win over Congolese outfit AS Maniema Union.
With the November internationals commencing tomorrow, a number of Brazilians will be looking to help their nations in the final stages of the first round of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
Defender Rushine De Reuck will be looking to help Bafana Bafana secure their qualification for the next round in the final group games against Zimbabwe and Ghana. De Reuck has been a key figure in the South African defence throughout 2021 and will be looking to continue his fine club form. Bafana Bafana do battle with Zimbabwe on Thursday November 11 at the FNB Stadium before travelling away to Ghana for their final game on Sunday. Both games will kick off at 9PM.
Zimbabwean defender Divine Lunga has enjoyed an impressive spell of games in the side and scored his first goal for the club and picked up his first man of the match award in recent weeks. His Zimbabwe Warriors side will meet Bafana Bafana on Thursday evening needing a win to keep their hopes of progressing to the next round alive. Divine will be involved again on Sunday in his team’s final qualification game against Ethiopia on Sunday at Home.
Namibian striker Peter Shalulile has been in red-hot form this season, scoring in the MTN8, CAF Champions league and leading the way in the DStv Premiership. The target man will be looking to carry his goal scoring form to his national team as Namibia take on Congo and Togo in back-to-back games on Thursday and Monday. Namibia will be looking to end their campaign on a high after what has been a tough battle in their group which saw African Giants Senegal already secure top spot.
The rest of The Brazilians will rest and recover during the break before the squad gets back together next week to prepare for a run of uninterrupted league games that will go well into December up until the Christmas break. Masandawana return to action on Saturday 20 November when they take on Cape Town City at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town.