“It’s Really Important That We Get The Results With This One” – Haashim Domingo

Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United go head-to-head in Wednesday’s Tshwane derby at Loftus Stadium and Masandawana look imperious heading into the midweek derby against Matsatsantsa as they hold an 8-point lead over their rivals at the top of the DStv Premiership table. Bafana Ba Style midfielder Haashim Domingo was named man of the match in the draw against Cape Town City over the weekend and is looking forward to continuing with his excellent performance. 

“[The aim for me] is just to continue with where I left off in terms of fitness, I can build on that and I will definitely be taking the confidence with me going into the next game. It’s really important that we get the results with this one, it was difficult to get results against Cape Town City but with this one we need to go all out and look for the three points.” Said Domingo.

The 26-year old has enjoyed his playing moments with the defending champions this season as his performances reach greater heights with each game played. Domingo stated that United’s midfielders are the players to look out for when they meet their rivals in the Tshwane derby.

“I think their midfield will be the key, it consists of Teboho Mokwena, Sipho Mbule [whilst] Thamsanqa Gabuza and Bradley Grobler upfront and it will give them that key aerial presence. I expect that it’s going to be a direct performance from them in terms of long balls and playing on the second ball. I think we need to stay very tight, pick up the second ball and establish play from there.”

Masandawana were held to a goalless draw by City, which ended their run of scoring in the league which dates back to the draw against Chippa United on the second matchday of the season. Meanwhile, in their most recent fixture, United lost their battle against Marumo Gallants  on home ground by 2 goals to 1,adding to their inconsistent form in recent weeks. Matsatsantsa have failed to taste victory against their neighbors in recent years and Downs will be looking to continue their unbeaten record when they face their unpredictable rivals.

“We are taking it day by day, we’ve analyzed SuperSport, we know what they are coming with and we just need to come up with solutions and that’s what we are working towards.”

Mamelodi Sundowns do battle with Super Sport United on Wednesday, 24 November at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Kick off is at 17h30, and the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport Channel 202.

4 Responses
  1. Mzimela

    Clueless play Domingo ahead of Mkhulise. Serino also bench Lakay frèe kick specialist but expecting positive result also Kutumela a gud player but not ready to play team systeam not clic he need few minutes towards end just to catch up these coaches destroyed team rhythm fortunately still wining

  2. Nkoyi

    I plead to Sundowns coaches not to complicate things when it comes to starting eleven for this game, they must put the right players to the right positions. Maema, Matupa, Sirino, Maluleka, Lekay should be considered in the starting eleven. Mvala and Kutumela should not even be on the bench, they are not ready for Sundowns. We, supporters, sometimes see differently to our coaches, and we are often right. Good example is our complaints on Mvala, coaches favorite player, over Jali, we can see the results now. What we are asking is that they must stop with favoritism when it comes to the selection of the starting eleven. They also must work hard on the timing when it comes to make change. How can you wait until 78 minutes to make changes when the team is struggling, while you have the possibility to make five changes in a match? This is the consequence of having many co-coaches to lead the team with Rhulani, the so called fantastic and technician coach.

  3. Mfana

    The 3 coaches lost it dearly when it comes to late substitution,I don’t know what was ringing on their minds, really we were insulted there.If they saw no reason to come with fresh legs to change the complexion of the game I rest my case there.Continue to field Mvala we want to see the best of him,I have a firm belief that there’s a reason why you brought him at Sundowns & also field Kutumela because I saw something great before the coaches injury from world cup qualifiers. I haven’t forgotten that it was Kutumela’s not dying attitude that got us a goal against City in the MTN8 final &it was his acceleration against Pirates that created a goal for Shalulile.As for Sirino he has been dealing with his self sabotage by forcing his way to Al Ahly ,I don’t know whether there was a clause that says he will follow Pitso whenever he goes out to coach outside South Africa.Is he ready& focused &put his mind to Sundowns cause or is still prepared to undermine the Sundowns brand.Motupa has been given a chance has he come to the party?As for Maluleke I recall very well him playing against Swallows & Black Leopards,is he ready?But according to my observation he was too ordinary for my liking.Is Sundowns on the right track? Yes.3 coaches treat every game according to its merits,u have created a great monster called Sundowns, going for 13 games without conceding a goal is not a child’s play, break those records for all the good reasons we r behind you all the way.Wishing you all the best against Supersport,it won’t be easy but do your best to bring 3 points at home.Kaboyelo I remain.

    1. Dalom

      Well said member. You’re spot on there. What a great assessment of the situation. Sometimes our supporters are just unnecessarily too harsh on our players. These players are not going to perform at the top of their peak week in and week out. Towards the end of last season I was always annoyed by Mkhulise and Rivaldo always passing backwards when we needed goals. This season is Jali and our central defence. At some stage I saw Jali playing as a sweeper against Cape Town City and he nearly gifted Brice Ralani with a goal with his consistence backwards passing, but nobody is saying anything about it. Mvala is our player and he deserves to play just like everyone else. There’s something that the coaches and the national team coach have seen in him.