Mamelodi Sundowns return to action this weekend as they make the short journey North across the country to take on Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership. The Tshwane giants have only played two games with Babina Noko, in both occasions it was Downs who walked away with maximum points and currently have a hundred percent winning record, but according to Coach Manqoba Mngqithi this weekend’s meeting is not a guaranteed walk in the park.
“I think they are strong on set pieces, their crossing game with [Tshepo] Mokhabi on the left, [Thamsanqa] Masiya on the right [he’s] very quick and [has] very good delivery and they also have [Roderick] Kabwe on the left who is also very good with the delivery of setpieces. The central midfielders of [Linda] Mntambo and [Glen] Motsepe is very solid in making life every difficult for everyone, and the back four with [Edwin] Gyimah and [Daniel] Cardoso inside, and Nyiko Mobbie makes it a very powerful team to deal with and we know very well that we are playing against a very good team that is very offensive as well.”
“They have not started very well this season, they’ve played very well but unfortunately in their last match against Richards they could have easily scored more than five goals,they got some really good chances in that match, so it’s people that we can not take for granted, people that are working really hard. They’ve employed the services of some of the best strikers in the country in [Victor] Letsoalo, [Tshegofatso] Mabaso and unfortunately [Tashreeq] Morris is suspended for this match, but they’ve been playing a very offensive game with a lot of crosses into the box and creating problems but unfortunately they have not really scored as many goals as they have created. It’s a little bit of a banana skin that needs us to tread very carefully because they are a very formidable side.”
The Braziians pulled off an action packed victory in front of a sold out crowd at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium last week Saturday following COVID-19 restrictions that have been removed in stadiums. Sundowns called their encounter “SandawanaSupporterDay” and filled the day with stadium activities, beverage stations and entertainment as they hosted one of their biggest rivals Amakhosi. Coach Manqoba shared his admiration for the supporters, and said: “Firstly one must thank the Yellow Nation for the support that they are giving to us, because ever since the stadiums have opened it has looked very good.”
“In our first match in Cape Town we had a very decent crowd away from home and it felt like we were playing at home. Against Kaizer Chiefs I think I saw the rise of the yellow nation into a level that one would want to keep for the longest of times and one would wish that the yellow nation can continue to support us, regardless if we playing home or away, we would like to have those decent crowds because they drive us, their singing and beating of the drum always drives us and we really appreciate their presence in the stadiums.”
Mamelodi Sundowns clash with Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership on Saturday, 20 August at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kick off is 15h00, live on SuperSport TV.