Mamelodi Sundowns take on Baroka FC on Monday evening at the Old Peter Mokaba stadium in their bid to maintain their lead at the top of the DStv Premiership.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi spoke ahead of the game and singled out two players that he expects to play a prominent role on Monday:
“We are playing against a team that usually gives us a hard time, Baroka is a hard-running team with some very industrious players such as [Evidence] Makgopa [Nhlanhla] Mgaga. It has always been a little bit tough to play against Baroka, we are playing against a very formidable side.”
“If you remember at the [end of last year] they lost against Stellenbosch but they created 5 or 6 chances in that match, and then they went to Stellenbosch and got a result in a territory that is very hostile and difficult to play in.”
The last meeting between the two sides saw Masandawana fight for a 2-1 win at Loftus, playing half of the match with 10 men after Kermit Erasmus’s red card. Coach Manqoba spoke about what The Brazilians would need to do in Polokwane to get the result on the day:
“I wouldn’t really anticipate fatigue at this stage from this group, but we are going in for a very big fight, they are pushing to get out of the relegation zone so naturally they will be intrinsically motivated to try and give everything in this match.”
“We are not entitled to win a match of this nature, we must first match the fight , if we can match the fight then we believe that talent-wise we’ve got what it takes to pull through and get the result that we want.”
Mamelodi Sundowns take on Baroka FC at 19h30 tomorrow evening as they look to add three more points to their DStv Premiership tally. The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport channel 202.