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Rulani – We Want To Be A Team That Is A Nightmare To Play Against

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has said the club have a great pre-season, and managed to achieve many of their goals.

Sundowns begin their 2021/2022 campaign on Sunday when they host Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quarter-finals.

Mokwena says the preseason has gone very well, and the technical team are pleased with how all the new players have integrated in well, and also with the effort put in by everyone.

“The preseason has been going very well,” Mokwena said to the club’s media department.

“And, of course, three parts for us in terms of our focus.

“The first is, of course, integrating the new players into the group, and making sure that they adapt to the culture, to the personality that we are trying to create of this team.

“And then, of course, is to improve, we want to improve our team and want to improve certain schemes, and certain ways of doing things on the pitch.

“And we’ve worked on those successfully. And I think, big kudos to the players, for a fantastic approach towards the preseason. The work ethic has been extremely, extremely pleasing.

“And the players have been looking sharp and good and this augurs well, with regards to making sure that we are prepared from a technical tatical perspective for the season.

“So a lot of very good work, a lot of very good attitudes, a lot of very good performances, not just in a friendly matches or the the preseason matches, but also in the day to day training sessions. And that’s been that’s been very pleasing.

“And the other aspect that we focused on is the creation of the mentality and the personality of the team. We want to be a team that is very strong, is a nightmare to play against. We want to be a team that can hurt the opponent in different ways, and you’ve got to create a culture for that. It’s not just the play, but it’s also the mentality that you’ve got to create.

“And that’s something that we’ve been focusing on and we must say, how happy we are with the progress of the group, and the work that has been invested, not only by our senior players, and the players that have been here, but also the new group of players.”