Coach Rulani Provides Pre-Season Update

Mamelodi Sundowns returned to pre-season training at the beginning of the month ahead of a busy month of preparation for the upcoming 2022/23 campaign.

After a relentless season fighting on all fronts until the very end, Bafana Ba Style officially went on holiday after their parade in Tshwane for four weeks. Masandawana reported back to Chloorkop on July 1, for medical tests ahead of the new season. The following Monday, players and the technical team stepped up to the field to have their first field session in full swing and proceeded to train for a week at their home facilities. 

“The first week of our Pre-season [included] intense testing. The work that is done by not just our medical department but also from the conditioning department in assessing the players’ physiology and the physical readiness of the players to take part in full team training, we were very satisfied with that and the information that we received was very good.” Briefly explained  The Brazilians’ co-coach, Rulani Mokwena.

Downs made their way to Royal Marang in Rustenburg in their next phase of pre-season preparations  which will begin on August 6, with the Tshwane derby in the MTN8. “The camp in Marang gives us a lot of possibilities, we are not people that train in isolation or train different elements or factors that contribute to the performance. From day one already we were working with the physical aspects, but already introducing a new tactical and technical concept that we’d like to work on and to improve.” Said Coach Rulani.

“These were ideas that we had already from last season, there were things that we felt we had the condition to be better at, but maybe we didn’t have the possibility. Now that we have a bit of time to train and to prepare the team, we focus a lot more on the tactical aspects and try to make sure that we prepare the team in that regard because during the season we don’t have the time to prepare and train.”

Masandawana have a pre-season exhibition match against Richards Bay FC in the semi-final of the annual Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup taking place in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, July 23.