“I believe in the team and that we will definitely come back with positive results.” – Lebohang Maboe

After losing their second game in the DStv Premiership last weekend at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Mamelodi Sundowns return to action on Wednesday evening hoping to regain the feelgood factor against Chippa United. The defending Champions head to Port Elizabeth licking their wounds after seeing a two-goal lead in the first half take away their glory days after celebrating their MTN8 quarter finals victory  at home to SuperSport United on the opening weekend as both teams head into the clash after losing points in their previous encounters.

“I think it’s going to be a very difficult one, I don’t think it’s going to be any easy. We never have games that are going to be easy, and considering that Chippa have a new and young Coach with maybe a bit of fresh new ideas, a lot of exciting new players and obviously most of those players are looking to cement their place in the team and the starting 11. They will obviously push themselves, they are already motivated and they don’t need motivation playing against Mamelodi Sundowns.”

“We also just came back from a defeat, we are obviously looking forward to winning the game. I know it’s not going to be an easy one but I believe in the team and that we will definitely come back with positive results.”

Masandawana’s record in their campaign has seen them win, lose, win, draw, win and lose since the start of their title defense, while the Chili boys lie at the bottom of the log with only one win, two draws and three games lost this season. This new season has not been glorious for The Brazilians in terms of their log positioning and points collected, they have a 50 percent win ratio from their six games this season, a foreign figure by the high standards that they have undoubtedly set, expressing his thoughts on this pattern, Maboe said”

“We need to believe in the process and we need to believe in what we are trying to work towards. It’s never going to be easy, there are going to be  some challenges and hiccups here and there, we can take this period as a time where it’s probably the time where we need to face the hiccups. We are probably lucky because we are facing them at the beginning of the season and when we get that momentum going we know that from there onwards we are going to be winning more consistently and having more consistent performances.”

“We all need to pull in one direction and help one another. It’s not going to be easy, this season is going to be a very difficult season but we need one another and we need to keep on assisting and pushing one another in a positive way.”

Mamelodi Sundowns play against Chippa United in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday, 7 September at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Kick off is at 19H30, live on SuperSport TV.

3 Responses
  1. Muzi Kunene

    Me too Lebo I believe in them but only if we suffocate the opponents and abolish this pattern of playing we adopted nowadays e.g slow build ups on our half not hurting the opponents off-guard and that thing of Jali always going to the keeper and take the ball returning back to him,mara where did you adopt that boring philosophy because its the first time I experience something like this even the hig teams like Barca,Bayern and Liverpool you won’t find this thing,pls Wisemen play basics of football and I swear if Downs can stop unnecessary possessions other teams can be hammered with avalanche of goals.

  2. Skhumba

    True Muzi! There is no team in the world that plays a defensive midfielder in the middle of two centres backs. That system is not working at all! European teams used to do it some time back but they have abandoned this formation longtime ago! Its better when we are playing Rivaldo in that position because of his defensive capabilities. As for Jali he must play in front of the 2 centres and not in the middle! Guys remember how we conceded a penalty against Pedro Luanda here at home! Jali ended up playing as centre and if you look at his size of the body and his speed he cannot excel in this position. Jali must play as holding midfielder in front of the 2 center backs finish and klaar. These coaches must stop experimenting with football philosophies that they do not even understand themselves. We will play against top African sides in the Champions league and believe you me we be exposed big time! The pace of our game forward is very slow! We allow the opposition to regroup so easily! Once we concede a goal firstly we do not come back! We struggle to play against teams that are playing low block!

  3. Mfana

    Can Sundowns remove Rulani Mokoena from the coaching staff please so that Mngqithi can make his informed decisions &Steve Kompela.Im saying this because I’m looking at disaster about to happen.But lets face it Mngqithi and his cronies are losing it,slowly but surely. Keep on shooting yourselves on the foot and leave Zungu&Nasir for what an act of stupidity from the 3 of you,you are all crazy really.

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