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Coach Rulani Previews Arrows Affair

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.”

11 Responses
  1. muzi kunene

    This thing of good in analyzing our opponents is starting to bored me really instead on focusing to our players whom are always let the team down because of their performances which is always below the expectation.
    You’ll always heard Manqoba in each every post match interview crying about missed chances but come the following match those main culprits will be on starting eleven and I find its meaningless to listen to those things nowadays.
    Just for once play Affonso to help us on aerial balls maybe you don’t need him because Sofranko is coming next season but he can help us from this remaining games.
    I don’t mind if Rhulani keep on himself and his technical team those analysis but not on public because you alert them,hope for the win today.

  2. Malandela

    eyi kulamalanga angisazi ukuthi ngithini ngabafana and it’s unfair to make Shalulile play all the games but looks like we struggle without him, and Affonso has not been utilized at all, part of me wants us to rather lose all the remaining games so we plan early for next season, if we win than siyabonga bt

    1. Luvuyo Pomolo

      Imstead of concentrating in our team this coach spend time analyzing the opponents now for 45 minutes no shot on target this never happened under Pitso. Its so disappointing

  3. Malandela

    I said it earlier members, are we relying on Shalulile and hope Zwane has a good day in the office? Two shots on target, two, only two. Hhayi kunzima, lapho AmaZulu are cruising and we down to 1 point gap

    1. MZIMELA

      About time change technical team last season sundown won treble this look like non shows Manqoba and Rulan learn nothing king Pitso time ship out Kompela take over assistance by Moriri and Notoane or Sapula

  4. muzi kunene

    Guys from now on I will admit Downs is killed or destabilized by none other than Our Wisemen I mean how can you keep on playing players that are not yielding the results for you.
    I once said this coaches are afraid of this players no rebuking them especially Zwane and Onyango,the later took a lot of time just to kick the ball fast catch the opponents offguard no man its not on where’s yhe sense of urgency no laba basijwayela kabi I wish we are allowed yo attend games so that we can show them how we made of eintlik bayanyanyisa,we didn’t show that we want to win no early sustitution I don’t see them beating Pirates on Sunday it will be a draw at least,busy analyzing your opponents instead of rectifying your problems,next season let’s look for a good coach and fire all them really its annoying abantu bathule nje kube kumoshakala bow are we going to cope on Champs league ngalabantu abahlala deke nxaa.

  5. Rendi

    It is time like this that I miss Pitso. Themba can’t be replaced, maboe, can’t be replaced why? Why are you taking so long for Themba and Erasmus to be replaced.The coaches clearly doesn’t have a plan. We have so many young players who should have played this game but this coaches clearly are running out of ideas. Mkhuma should have started this game

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