Mamelodi Sundowns began the month of February with back-to-back victories, a win against Richards Bay in the Nedbank Cup on Tuesday night and triumph over Orlando Pirates in the DStv Premiership on Saturday to have a 23-point advantage over second placed opponents in the domestic League. Though The Brazilians may have been successful in pushing to defend both the league title and the Ke Yona Cup, the Chloorkop based side are still faced with a massive injury list which saw their Captain Themba Zwane added to the list ruling him out of the Nedbank Cup last 32 fixture.
“[With] Mshishi we are waiting for the diagnosis, the scans and the doctors [but] it’s not as serious as it looks. He’s an important player for us, [he’s] the captain of the team. Even with Denis [Onyango] on the pitch he still keeps the armband. [He is] important for the team because he gives so much confidence, hopefully he’s back sooner rather than later.” Revealed Masandawana’s Head Coach Rulani Mokwena.
Masandawana are looking on form to secure their sixth consecutive league title after an impressive 21 league match run, 55 points and 18 wins. The Yellow Nation’s supporters will be counting down days to the beginning of the CAF Champions League campaign in the new season but it is still unknown when Mshishi will be available for selection together with his teammates that have been nursing their wounds. Coach Rulani provided an in depth and encouraging update with regard to the players that have been ruled out for the most time this season.
“[Abubeker] Nassir’s injury, Haashim Domingo and Lebo Maboe is long term but most of the players are still working their way back to fitness. Some of them are on the green grass already, Terrence [Mashego] is starting to train [but he is] still not available for selection. [Abdelmounaim Boutouil] AB [is] still not available for selection, there’s about six or seven players. We are a little bit in that space where we’ve got quite a few injuries especially in the front line, but it’s good that the rest of the squad players are picking up their hands and competing for places.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will be in action in the CAF Champions League on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium when they meet Al Hilal of Sudan in the first leg of the competition.