Mamelodi Sundowns are set to mark their return to domestic league competition with a meeting taking place at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday against Marumo Gallants. Masandawana have successfully won all their last six matches across all competitions, winning five and drawing one, meanwhile Gallants recorded three wins, a loss and two draws in their last six encounters. Downs full back Thapelo Morena proclaimed the team’s readiness to compete in the DStv Premiership, stating that preparations began during their CAF Champions League preliminary round.
“We’ve been preparing ourselves really well, I think we really needed the win to keep us motivated knowing that we have games coming up. We need to make sure that we do well and that we prepare well.”
The Brazilians returned to training on Monday morning, two days after their successful outcome in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round against La Passe FC. The 29-year old speedstar summarized the day’s session: “It’s a normal schedule that we normally do with game preparations. We gave our best today coming back from the off and everyone was sharp to give their best in training. We only got a day off to go and do our recovery right, knowing that it’s going to be a long week with games coming up, we had to make sure that we do our regeneration very well.”
Masandawana have won three against the Limpopo based outfit, with three draws across all competitions. Downs are the current log leaders with 19 points after 9 games and Gallants are wrestling at the bottom of the log on position 15 with 9 points. Bafana Ba Style will be looking to carry on with their dominance over Gallants who have failed to overcome them in the last six battles despite their well built team.
“It’s always a good match against Marumo, especially with Coach Dan [Malesela] having gone back [to coach] there. Their style of football that they will be playing is going to be very challenging, but we know we have to pull up our socks, put our minds in the game and take the game as it is.”
“When they come at us we will have to fight back and deliver what we have to do. Going again from tomorrow we will obviously do our video analysis and we will definitely know how to approach the game much easier.”
Morena also showed high regards for supporters that have been showing up to their games, he said: “I would like them to know that they are our number one supporters. We love them all equally and we ask that they continue coming to watch us and fill up the stands with their singing because they give us energy more than anything.”
Mamelodi Sundowns tussle with Marumo Gallants in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday, at Loftus versfeld Stadium. Kick-off is at 19H30, live on SuperSport TV.