Masandawana Gear Up To Host Amakhosi

Mamelodi Sundowns are finalizing preparations for their mouth-watering encounter with Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon. The brazilians kicked off their league campaign on Friday with a narrow 2-1 win against Sekhukhune Untied and will be looking to make it two wins from two with a win over Amakhosi at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Reflecting on the opening day win, Coach Rulani addressed the media at the pre-match press conference and spoke about how his feelings about the result has changed:

“In retrospect, my feelings after the game were not as positive as after I watched it, we know we can play better. We are striving and working every single day to get better. training hard & Doing a lot of analysis with the video work and trying to put in the shift. So we focus on improving the performances. And by improving the performances, we try to make sure that we are good enough or strong enough to win every single match, and that’s the focus so I am happy that we started with a few points.”

“The first game of the season is always very, very difficult, as you’ve seen, and you will also see next week with the other teams in the big leagues. So we have to just continue getting better, working harder to improve to improve the performance of the team.”

Wednesday’s match will be yet another chapter in the illustrious history of the fixture between Masandawana and the Glamour Boys, a fixture which the Yellow Nation have enjoyed in recent times – the home fixture last year saw Masandawana walk away as 4-0 victors. Coach Rulani identified the strengths of the Naturena-based side and some of the planning that has gone into the match:

“The starting point is we have to respect every team. We have to respect all our opponents, Kaizer Chiefs is no different. You know the rivalry between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs and already that makes it a big encounter the performances of the team, of course, you have to also gauge in relation to some of the changes that have been made from a technical perspective.”

“ Of course, now you’ve got a new coach so he needs time to to work on his ideas and get the players to adapt to a different way of doing things and it’s it’s a little bit clearer, even though it doesn’t move too far away from the [formation] that they employed but, but there are moments where it’s a little bit more aggressive of a 433 and then the front three is a little bit more advanced than in the previous season under under Coach Arthur.”

“But you still have respect to them from a physical profile they’ve got enough to hurt you both in open play on on set pieces. We’ve got to also understand that it’s a team that’s in in the process of improving itself. And it does seem to me that qualitatively they’ve improved a lot to 

The coach of Bafana Ba Style also spoke about how Masandawana would have to change their approach to games this year and be versatile in their planning in order to maintain their status at the summit of football in the country:

“I felt when, during the offseason, going into the work that we did is as soon as the league was wrapped up, Golden Arrows, AmaZulu so many other games, I felt we had become so predictable, and that people knew we overloaded the center with a diamond and we had we had four players and all they did was narrow their defensive structures, and keep compactness and we had a lot of problems, you know, to try to find different possibilities to break down the opposition structure. 

And so as simple as it may sound, even with a lot of other details, but of course, I can’t share that here we have now moved again to a different type of structure, which keeps I think, all three effects still within the space is to just try to make ourselves less predictable.”

Masandawana will take on Amakhosi in front of a sold out Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow afternoon as they look to make it two successive wins to start the season. Kick off is at 15H00 and the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 202.

4 Responses
  1. Ronnie Bothma

    It won’t an easy match….Chiefs will rise to the occasion….We are stronger than Chiefs for sure, but they know how big this match is for them. They will have energy playing in front a capacity crowd….but we should be used to these occasions. I trust the team

  2. Downs4ever

    Mvala and Lebusa at the back a receipt for disaster, they both don’t have pace,Mvala can’t run and have no ball control,unable to read the game,can’t cover team mate and yet we ball from the back.This is my biggest concern.

  3. Ayanda

    Congratulations to Coach and the technical team, we won with 3 good points in the bag,however my only concern is us playing players that have no pace at this day in age, look at Brian Onyango when he is dribbled in the middle of the park twice and then he was outpaced and a cross was put in for Du Preez to score. Why are we still playing abo Onyango, yet we have a speedy Kekana on the bench? sometimes we make these mistakes and win but at times we lose, emagene if we do this in ACL and we lose because of poor team selection. As for Mvala I don’t think he lacks pace and he plays well in the middle.