Mamelodi Sundowns will turn their focus to domestic league competition on Wednesday afternoon when they visit Golden Arrows in KwaZulu-Natal.
Masandawana are preparing to continue with their DStv Premiership campaign after returning from continental football action two days ago. The defending Champions are set to come face to face with a tough Arrows team that is positioned number six on the log after six league encounters, Coach Manqoba Mngqithi explained the complexity of their opponents.
“Golden Arrows is difficult to predict. The team they used [when they were playing] against us changed when they played [against Sekhukhune [which] brought a little bit more stability in their midfield with a three men defensive and offensive midfield of [Velemseni] Ndwandwe, [Simo] Mbhele and [Nqubeko] Dlamini, [this] brought more impact to play behind the defense of [Pule] Modi and [Thubelihle] Magubane with [Knox] Mutizwa always coming in short, probably to create space for the wingers because I think they were coming inside. It’s always a very difficult game to approach but we believe that we’ve got a team that is capable of dealing with it.”
With back to back games on The Brazilian’s plate, Coach Manqoba expressed the possibility of rotation and changes in the squad for tomorrow’s battle:
“There are going to be some changes, to try and refresh the team considering that we had traveled and played in very harsh weather, very humid, most players were dehydrated [that is why] we are going to have few changes. We can not tamper that much with the lineup , we’ve had some bad injuries that have cost us to change the lineup alot [and] that’s basically what has put us in a very bad foot, but fortunately we are coming into this match at the back of regaining some of those players that were not there in Congo.”
“It is very important to refresh the team from the team that played in Congo so that we are safe from fatigue. The players that we are bringing in also have to show that they deserve to play ahead of those that have been playing all along, it’s a two-way scenario.”
With their excellent form in their DStv Premiership campaign, Bafana Ba Style are yet to concede a goal or taste defeat. Coach Manqoba concluded with a statement that reflects their identity as the Yellow Nation.
“What is always important for us, which I think is the culture that we have [installed] in our players, it’s the culture of wanting to win every training session, wanting to win every friendly match, wanting to win any match match that we get to play at any given day without looking at the variables – whether it’s against a big team or a small team, it’s a cup match or a final. That is what is going to help us, everybody is eager to go all out and give it their best shot.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will do battle with Golden Arrows on Wednesday at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick-off is 15h00, watch the game live on Supersport channel 202