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Mokwena – Stellenbosch Are A Complex Team

Rulani Mokwena says Mamelodi Sundowns’ preparations have been good as they prepare to play Stellenbosch in the DSTV Premiership this weekend.

The league champions come into this game after a good win against Amazulu last weekend, and the Co-Head Coach of Masandawana says they’re expecting another tough game when they face Steve Barker’s side at Loftus Stadium on Saturday evening.

“Look under the circumstances, training has been good,” Mokwena said.

“We’ve tried to work on a couple of things, one, because from our game against Amazulu there’s a lot of take outs, with regards to our post match analysis.”

“And you want to dedicate the day into trying correct, and improve our own game model, which for us is very very important.”

“And then two, is of course focussing on our next opponents, Stellenbosch, and making sure that we’re not only ready from a physical perspective, but also we have to maintain a bit of freshness, particularly because against Amazulu, it was a very intensive match, on a very difficult pitch, which gave us a huge load in relation to our physical data.”

“But yah, we’ve come back, and we look ready for our next match, against Stellenbosch.”

“A very complex team, Stellenbosch have done extremely well in the transfer market, and that started last season already when they brought in some very important players.”

“You can see Sinkala has made a big contribution and stabilized the midfield, and improved qualitatively the competition in that space, because they’re still using Mbekile, who they also brought last season in the transfer window, and you still have Scott.”

“And of course they’ve brought in Mendieta to compliment the physicality and robustness and ball-regaining perspective, from the profile of the other players. And then Mendieta comes in and gives a little fluidity, a bit more precision and creativity in the play, and he’s a very good player. ”

Sundowns are currently second on the table, and a win or draw would see them return to the top spot.

Stellenbosch are currently 9th on the table.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.