Mamelodi Sundowns have been in full force gearing up for the return of football after the PSL break in January. The Brazilians were last in action on the 23rd of December when they played a 1-1 draw against Marumo Gallants. After a short festive season break, the team were back on the training ground in mid-January and have recently been participating in a training camp in Rustenburg as they prepare for the remainder of the season.
“The training camp has been good, we have been here now for five days. The first part we spent ten days at Chloorkop to try working on the condition of the player as we did a lot of testing and also a lot of work with the video analysis reviewing the first part of the season.” Said Coach Rulani Mokwena
“We are trying to make sure that we are working towards improving the team and improving the players so that we can improve the product. So that work has continued and the players have responded exceptionally well. We’ve done some very good work on the pitch to try to improve certain areas of our overall performances.”
“So far we’ve played a friendly match against Platinum City Rovers and the performance was very good and then one more game to go tomorrow (Sunday) where we will try to improve on today’s performance and the physical condition and some tactical schemes, particularly the new ones that we’ve introduced for the for the second half of the season.”
Coach Rulani went into detail about the volume of work that the team have been putting in to gear up for the upcoming round of fixtures:
“I think probably the one standout is definitely the attitude and the willingness from the players to go beyond the threshold to put themselves in and a lot of stress and to put themselves in conditions where they are pushed. When the body is under fatigue or lactic acid the system is affected and therefore the decision making is not so good, so the plans to go to work a bit more with regards to the quality of the action sustaining the quality of the actions and trying to minimise the recovery between the football actions and then when you can do that you tried to to improve the regularity the intensity the longevity of good football actions.
“We are very happy with the attitude of the players and that for me is the biggest turnout. The players are pushing themselves beyond their limits and really making sure that they will improve not just as a team and as a collective but also as individuals and that’s been probably the greatest highlight from the camp.”
Masandawana are back in action this coming Friday as they begin their next quest for silverware in the Nedbank Cup, with an away game against Richards Bay FC.