Coach Rulani Previews the Nedbank Cup Clash Against Stellenbosch FC

A game featuring two of the top teams in the topflight is coming up when Mamelodi Sundowns visit the winelands to clash against Stellenbosch FC for a spot in the Nedbank Cup finals on Sunday afternoon at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Having had a mammoth week with three fixtures, this one being the third, Masandawana have had little to no time to prepare, but according to Coach Rulani, the players are aware of the mandate heading to the Western Cape, and how important it will be to emerge victorious.

“We are looking forward to the match. We have already started with the preparations even though we have not gotten much into detail but I took a few minutes to explain what I have already seen based on watching them against Golden Arrows. I think we have a clear understanding of what we need to do,” he stated.

“We know they are a very good side and they have a very good coach. They are extremely consistent, particularly the back four. We can understand the stability they have as a team, the model of play they are trying to adopt is quite clear. The individual profiling of the players that they are trying to do is also quite clear. Because of the run that they are in, they play with a sense of invincibility which is very important when you come into games like these. We’ve got to be ready for what is going to be a very difficult game at a difficult stadium too.”

The Masandawana coach went on to laud their counterparts and coach Steve Barker on the work the Maroons have put to ensure the success of the team. He further stated that his side will be playing alongside a team that is led by a coach he admires and respects.

“He’s a coach I have immense respect for. I’ve said it numerous times how much I’ve got huge admiration for the work that he does. The appreciation for also the longevity and to sustain and evolve consistently. I have to say that a lot of the work that we see from Stellenbosch FC is based on very good and long-term planning. This is what great organisations and big Football Clubs do and already I think what they have set for themselves is a platform to try and achieve even greater things,” he stated.

Mamelodi Sundowns will go head-to-head with Stellenbosch FC on what will be an important Nedbank Cup semifinal clash on Sunday afternoon at the Danie Craven Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for 15H00, live on SuperSport TV.