Mamelodi Sundowns continue with their DStv Premiership title defense against Stellenbosch on Wednesday 24 August at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The two sides met twice in the previous league competition with Masandawana collecting a point on the road when they visited Western Cape. It was in the second round of the battle that Stellies astonishingly defeated The Brazilians 3 – 0 at their home ground, defender Lyle Lakay described the upcoming #MamelodiSundownsWozaWednesday encounter as a stimulating battle:
“We know Stellies as a young team full of energy, lots of pace and even though they lost [Ashley] Du Preez to Kaizer Chiefs, even without him they are still a threat with the youngsters in the team. If you look at their recent form in the league they’ve been on a high even though they’ve won two games and drawn two games if I’m not mistaken.”
“People will obviously look at our previous two seasons against Stellies and if we have been watching those games they’ve been a tough opponent for us. Last season we drew the away leg, then they won the second leg here. We are looking forward to it and obviously we do our analysis like we do with any other team, trying to figure out their strong point and obviously try to rectify what we did wrong in our previous game so that we can correct it in this game. Obviously we want to go out there and win the game, like we do with every other game.”
Bafana Ba Style are sitting on position four in the league, with one point ahead of their opponents after their odd performances in the start of the 2022-23 season. Lakay says the the team will be looking to amend their results when they meet with Stellies after their share of the spoils over the weekend, he said: “We are professionals, we were disappointed with our previous results against Sekhukhune United and we have this 24 hour rule whereby if you win you get to celebrate for 24 hours, if you lose you can be disappointed for 24 hours but after that it’s back to work and focusing on the next game.”
“I would say we are over the previous game and us being professionals we have to focus on the next assignment which is Stellenbosch, and I think the guys are ready. People would say obviously we drew our game before this, we had a win and a loss before. We are a team that performs best under pressure, not that we always have to put ourselves in this situation but we thrive under pressure, we are motivated and we are going out there for the three points.”
Mamelodi Sundowns lock horns with Stellenbosch in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday, 24 August at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Kick off is at 17h00, live on SuperSport TV.