After back-to-back away appearances in the CAF Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns have returned home and are now switching their focus to domestic cup action as they battle Polokwane City FC in the last sixteen of the Nedbank Cup. Masandawana head into the tie as defending champions after winning the trophy last season and the team are currently on a seven match winning streak in all competitions.
“We are playing a very big game, we can not overemphasize the magnitude of the game. They are a rejuvenated side with two wins and two draws under the new coach, they have a good profile with some of the players they have kept from last season”, said Coach Rulani Mokwena
Masandawana have enjoyed their recent encounters against Rise and Shine and will be going out to make sure that they keep their dominance, in the previous three meetings between the two sides, Downs have recorded two wins and a draw against the Polokwane outfit.
The two sides are in contrasting positions in their respective leagues – Bafana Ba Style currently sit in first position in the DStv Premiership whilst Polokwane City are in seventh in the GladAfrica Championship.
“We don’t have the possibility to allow complacency to creep in. We can’t afford it, it is not within our budget. We have extremely high demands with high goals and targets that we have set for ourselves. That means the price we have to pay is also extreme and that speaks to our mental state with regards to how we approach every single game. This is one of our most important games this season”, concluded Coach Rulani Mokwena.