On Sunday the Mamelodi Sundowns Diski team will have their shot at glory as they compete in the Diski Challenge Rewired final against AmaZulu. After a successful group campaign the team have wind in their sails following a strong semi-final win against Cape Town City.
The energetic and exciting Siyanda Nyanga has been key in the road to the final with an assist for the last-minute winner against Orlando Pirates and an astonishing strike against Cape Town City in the semi-finals. The youngster recently picked up back-to-back man of the match awards in those games and credited the hard work he has been putting in on the training ground:
“I feel excited and very honoured to achieve such awards consecutively. It is only hard work and determination that made me achieve them.”
Siyanda says his work rate behind closed doors has contributed to these great moments on the pitch “Putting in extra work at training and in the game, I make sure I give the team 100% of my working ability and the rewards follow.”
He also gave thanks to his club, who he says has helped him develop into a household name amongst his peers: “Sundowns is a very big team that has quality management, so they taught me how to be responsible as a player, to work hard and I’m still developing even now. They also took me to school and I am grateful for that.”
Nyanga is amongst the nominees for “DStv Diski Challenge Rewired Player Of The Tournament” and Coach Surprise Moriri rates the youngster worthy of his accomplishments: “He really deserves to be nominated, he has been working hard. He is very humble and focused, he knows where he is, he knows his weaknesses and strong points, one thing you need from a player is a player that understands himself and also makes sure that on the day they give their best.”
Coach Moriri also shared his thoughts on the upcoming final: “On Sunday it’s gonna be a tough game but we’re aware of the threat that AmaZulu poses and we’re aware that if we don’t give our best on the day we will make things difficult for ourselves. We will go out and give our best on Sunday.”
Moriri says his team are aware of his opponent’s competitiveness, with Usuthu not having lost a game in the competition this season and finishing top of the log in their stream: “We are preparing very well so far, we are really working hard as the technical team and as well as the players. Come Sunday the boys will be ready, we will make sure that we guide them so that they can give their best and utilize the chances. We normally create a lot of chances but we don’t utilize those chances, on Sunday we just have to make sure we utilize those chances.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will be taking part in the finals of the remarkable Diski Rewired tournament against AmaZulu FC on Sunday, 31 May, at FNB stadium. The game will kick-off at 11:00.