Mamelodi Sundowns are preparing for their second match in the DStv Premiership after collecting maximum points on the road last week Friday. The Brazilians got off to a monumental start in their title defense to boost their confidence in the new season and remind the oppositions of their dominating football presence, meanwhile the visiting TS Galaxy played to a goalless draw in their preliminary fixture. Downs Co-Coach Rulani Mokwena noted the changes that the Mbombela based team will bring to this clash.
“We should be getting a very good performance, the players look to be in good spirits, [they have] good energy and we are looking forward to the match. They’ve still got the experience of [Lindokuhle] Mbatha, and now they have the experience of [Sibusiso Vilakazi] Vila and Xola Mlambo in the midfield to give them a little bit of stability. [There is Given] Msimango who missed huge parts of last season, he’s looking strong, fit and back to his best.”
“[They are] a quality side and we know that we have to play exceptionally well, but also with possibilities of making sure that we dominate the game and put our best performance with a lot of aggression and energy because that’s what they also put on the pitch, they are very aggressive and it should be a very, very good game.”
The Rockets will be hoping to get better results than they managed in the past four encounters against the Tshwane Giants which they are yet to defeat or get past the defense to register goals. Bafana Ba Style are favorites coming into this battle, despite their infield dominance over the opponents, Galaxy was one of the teams in contention for relegation at the end of the previous season as they finished amongst the bottom half of the log on number thirteen with seven wins, nine draws and fourteen games lost.
“I think TS Galaxy’s story is a continuation from last season, they haven’t made too many changes to the squad, [Sead] Ramovic now has a second season and he’s got his second preseason with the group and working with a team that is extremely familiar with. Their organizational forms are still very familiar to last season – clear playing style that looks for possibilities to build from the back and play through, and looks to dominate possession. It’s encouraging to see that they are brave and they continued that against AmaZulu where they played relatively very well.” Said Coach Rulani.
The Tshwane giants have become familiar with including women in their football culture through various initiatives and platforms to embrace their female counterparts. This year, the Yellow Nation will celebrate women across the globe and live it up in their first home match at Loftus versfeld in what they are calling “Women’s Month Wednesday”, with free entrance for theil female supporters. Coach Rulani complimented women for the role they play in society.
“A huge part of our growth and development, and even just being delivered on this earth is because of the bravery and the willingness of a woman to carry us, the women in my life [such as] my mother, my late grandmother they played an important role in who I am today and like many other women who are mother’s and who have delivered their kids and make sure that they guide and protect and instill very good values, so ours is to celebrate them and it’s good to see that Sundown’s has taken the beacon to be the ones in the forefront in celebrating imbokodo zethu.”
Mamelodi Sundowns clash with TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday, 10 August at Loftus versfeld Stadium, kick off is 19h30. This game will be televised live on SuperSport TV.