Mamelodi Sundowns are out to stretch their unbeaten streak as they take on Chippa United this Sunday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. It is matchday fifteen and Masandawana are currently sitting on the summit of the log standings with thirty points. Coach Rulani Mokwena spoke about what to expect in the clash: “It has been difficult for Chippa as they have been camping in Joburg because they play all their home games away from home, so when you face a side that has made these sacrifices it becomes difficult. When you watch their games it shows that they are a difficult side and we saw that in the game they played against Swallows”.
February 2020 was the last time Masandawana played against the Chilli Boys the result was a 3-0 victory for the Brazilians in one of the last games before the national lockdown brought football to a standstill.
“They have a clear profile in relation to how their coach wants them to play and we all know what Coach Dance is about – which is based on dominating position. Now we have to apply our strategy in making sure that they do not start the ball at the back. We know what to expect and we have done a lot of work. We want to dominate because we are at home”.
The Brazilians go into this game after a win against Black Leopards, where Peter Shalulile scored a brace. The Brazilians will be without the services of Mothobi Mvala who will be suspended after receiving a red-card.
“It was a tough match for us, Black Leopards away from home, the travelling, the pitch, these are the factors that influence the performance. The difficulty of having to dig deeper after we found ourselves one-nil down and we found the equaliser we could see the reaction from the players changed as we wanted one for the win. We suffered a dismissal after Mothobi was caught but big ups to the guys for showing the winning mentality and that is the culture that has been set at Mamelodi Sundowns”, said Coach Rulani Mokwena.