Mamelodi Sundowns are gearing up to take on Golden Arrows this afternoon at Loftus Versfeld in the latest installment of DStv Premiership action. Downs will be looking to put Sunday’s defeat to Kaizer Chiefs behind them as quickly as possible as they look to secure victory over Abafana Bes’thende who sit third on the table.
In preparation for the game, Coach Rulani shared his findings after doing extensive homework on the opposition: “[They are a] good team, they have shown good consistency throughout the season, they are a good team with a clear playing philosophy with a clear structure in all schemes, in possession you know exactly how the behaviour is and structurally how they set themselves up from the build-up.”
“The very interesting thing is that from the last twelve goals that they have scored, ninety percent of them have come in between the phase of regaining possession and attacking, they average about 8 seconds to get into your final third, in transition they can hurt you.” said Mokwena.
Arrows are unbeaten in their last 8 games and will be looking to cause trouble at the top as they close in on Downs and AmaZulu who sit above them
“We know the strength of this team and we know the quality of the team that we are facing and we know the work that we have to do to be able to control Golden Arrows in relation to their strengths and then infuse our playing philosophy on to the match so that we can dominate not just the match but also the pitch.”
Coach Rulani was also able to provide a brief injury update after what has been a taxing month for Masandawana:
“We almost have a clean bill of health. Kennedy [Mweene] is ruled out as he is still struggling, but then we have slight knocks from the previous match so we just have to assess that, Gaston [Sirino] had a slight knock and Brian [Onyango] had a few muscle complications. Peter Shalulile, we will have to see, if not this match then hopefully for Sunday’s encounter.”