Mamelodi Sundowns have finalised their preparations for the final DStv Premiership game of the year this evening against Marumo Gallants. The Brazilians are guaranteed to end the year at the summit of the table, recording a phenomenal start to the season which has seen them lose 1 game from the opening 18.
The last encounter between two sides – which was also the first ever league meeting between Sundowns and Marumo Gallants – saw Bafana Ba Style walk away 4-0 winners, with goals from the attacking triumvirate of Peter Shalulile, Pavol Safranko and Themba Zwane. With all three players in fine form, Downs will be looking to end the year the same way they started it, with a win.
Mamelodi-born defender Sifiso Ngobeni made his long-awaited first appearance for The Brazilians in the emphatic 4-1 win at Loftus over rivals Orlando Pirates. The talented left-footer has had to bide his time with fierce competition on the left flank, but expressed his delight after being given the opportunity by the coaches to achieve his dream: “I was very happy to make my debut against a team like Orlando Pirates, the small boy in me once dreamt of making a debut like that.”
Ahead of the final encounter, Ngobeni shared how the team’s preparations have been going and what they have been looking out for from the opposition: “We have looked at how they play, we know a few players of theirs who are their targets and the ones who really help them such as the likes of Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Miguel Timm. We have prepared well and now we just have to go out and try to win the game.”
“For us as a team, we really want to use the league to help us prepare for the CAF Champions League, so we really need to keep winning our games. At this time of the year it can be very difficult to stay focused, but we have a goal and a vision.
Ngobeni also shared a message to the supporters ahead of the festive season break: “My message to the Yellow Nation would be to enjoy themselves, it has been a tough year, a tough season. We have to remember that COVID-19 is still around [and they should remain safe] so that we can see them next year. Ka Bo Yellow Masandawana!”
The Brazilians take on Marumo Gallants this evening at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, kick off is at 17H30 and the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport Channel 202.