Mamelodi Sundowns Co-Head Coach Rulani Mokwena has stressed the importance of today’s Nedbank Cup last 16 game against Polokwane City.
The two teams meet at Loftus Stadium this afternoon, with the winner of the tie to play Orlando Pirates in the quarter-finals next month.
While Sundowns are top of the DStv Premiership (and their CAF Champions League group), it has been an indifferent season for City, who were relegated to the GladAfrica Championship last season.
They are currently seventh, but as Mokwena says they are on a bit of a revival since Johnny Ferreira took over as Head Coach last month.
“We are playing a very big game, we can not overemphasize the magnitude of the game,” Mokwena told Sundowns media.
“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.”
“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.”