Mamelodi Sundowns are in their final stages of preparations for their DStv Premiership encounter against Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday. The Tshwane giants are back in action three days after earning their spot in this year’s Nedbank Cup semi finals, after thumping their Coastal opponents over the weekend 5 – 0, Bafana Ba Style will be looking to continue with their ambush against Arrows.
The Brazilians and Abafana Bes’thende have always provided mouthwatering entertainment for their fans, the two teams went head to head in this season’s MTN8 semi-finals, the first leg concluded in a draw at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium followed by a 3 – 0 home win for Masandawana. After narrowly edging the KwaZulu-Natal outfit in the DStv Premiership league game by 1 – 0, Downs’ forward, Kermit Erasmus is hopeful for positive results once again:
“I think our preparations have been good, we are not too worried about the danger that they possess, but we are more focused on how we can capitalize on their weaknesses and what we have planned for tomorrow’s game.”
“It’s always a difficult team to play against, they always play on the counter and they have quick front three players. It will be a tough game, but I think if we can contain them with their front three and we put pressure on the ball and not let them have time and space to play the long balls behind us then I think we stand a chance in getting the maximum points.”
The Port Elizabeth born-star has been a breath of fresh air in The Brazilian’s attack, Erasmus was instrumental in the teams dominance both in the domestic and continental competition. Erasmus has an impeccable goalscoring record of three goals in two consecutive matches.
“It’s been hard work from the beginning of the season that’s finally paying off for me. It’s been great preparations since the season started, the players have been doing well and the competition has been good. I think that’s the result of the performances in recent matches, just a high level of concentration and preparation for training in preparation for the game and that always sharpens you up to be ready when you get the chance to play.” Erasmus narrated his fine form.
The 31-year-old concluded by giving credit to his teammates for the partnerships that they have formed, he said: “Our camp is always interesting, it’s something that I always look forward to as a player to being a part of. The brotherhood in the team is amazing, we can only go from strength to strength from here and with the games that are still coming up.
“It has shown in the past games that we have been sticking together and fighting for one another, we’ve been working hard and sticking as a unit. At the end of the day the team [needs to] win games and without one another we wouldn’t be where we are at the moment and as a collective we are much more powerful and a force to be reckoned with and we are looking forward to the games as they come.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will contend against Golden Arrows on Tuesday, 12 April in the DStv Premiership at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Kick off is at 15H00, live on SuperSport Channel 202.