Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking forward to completing their DStv Premiership campaign on a high beginning with success when they take on neighbourhood rivals SuperSport United on Wednesday at Loftus Versfeld in the Tshwane Derby.
Abafana Ba Style will be going into the encounter knowing that a win will see them crowned domestic champions three games before the season is concluded. However coach Manqoba Mngqithi does not want the sole focus to be on potentially sealing the title: “We’re not looking to put a lot of pressure on the players to look at this game as a title decider, we still want them to give the same energy even in the next three matches because for us it is very important to win every match that we play and to try and achieve our targets.”
The Brazilians have been on top of their game in the domestic league, and currently lead second place AmaZulu with seven points at the of the log and a game in hand.
According to Coach Manqoba, the team are determined to play all the remaining matches with enthusiasm and grit: “According to our process this is the second match of the last cycle of five games, we have won the first one [and now] all our attention is on trying to make sure that we achieve our desired targets in the last four matches. It just happens that SuperSport can decide the championship but the intention is to try and get the number of points that we have targeted, as it is now we are short of nine points in this cycle.”
The last meeting between the two sides ended as a 0-0 draw back in January at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium. Coach Manqoba says the team are aware of the prospects of their opponents and preparations are well underway: “They are showing very good signs, they are a decent team. [Bradley] Grobler is still the top goal scorer, [Sipho] Mbule has had a wonderful season, SuperSport scores a lot of goals from crosses and from outside the box.”
He concluded and said that “We know very well [that] we are not playing a team that is a push-over. Ronwen Williams has come back again and now they are looking like a team that really wants to launch a potential comeback, and that makes this game very important for both teams.”
Mamelodi Sundowns play against SuperSport United on Wednesday 26 May at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, the game will kick off at 17:00 and will be broadcast on SuperSport PSL channel 202.