Its match day thirteen and Mamelodi Sundowns have another top of the table clash against Swallows FC at home. Masandawana and The Birds have played the same number of games, both sides have not lost a game and have the same number of points with Bafana BaStyle having the better goal difference.
“The preparations have been tough without key players, we have enough within the squad, we are a little bit thin defensively. Players like Ricardo Nascimento, Lyle Lakay, Bangaly Soumahoro and Khuliso Mudau are out due to medical reasons. Brian Onyango is also out with a grade two thigh injury. We will find a solution as we have enough in the team so that we can adapt. At this moment we have a huge hospital ward but these are problems every club is facing and we have to do with what we have”, said Coach Rulani Mokwena
Masandawana faces a side that is rejuvenated and is playing very well since they got promoted from the GladAfrica Championship.
“The opposition are very good, they have a winning momentum from the National First Division and they have that feeling of winning games and they use that. We just have to make sure we play very well, we understand the game, we must work extremely hard to get the maximum points and we are coming up against a side that has nothing to lose and that is why they play with so much freedom and bravery”.
“They are an interesting team with some good young and energetic players like Segotla and Thibedi. The experience of Gamaldien, Hlanti and Matlaba and have a good bench. We have checked their last couple of games, we did a bit of work like every match. It is a game we have to win and at Sundowns every game we play to win. If we stay true to that we should be okay”, concluded Coach Rulani Mokwena.