Mamelodi Sundowns are eager to entrench their dominance in the DStv Premiership when they lock horns with Orlando Pirates in a league tussle at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15:30).
The ‘Brazilians’ have taken their game to a new level this season with five wins and three draws from their opening eight league matches – top of the table, while Pirates are four places below and five points adrift.
Co-head coach Rulani Mokwena is a man high on confidence heading into their encounter with his former club, the ‘Buccaneers’.
“We have to make sure that we continue with the race and that is what we have to do at the moment and make sure that we are strong, we are ready. We are Mamelodi Sundowns and we have to make sure that we serve with dignity, responsibility and distinction and that’s very important for us,” said Mokwena.
“We are oozing with a lot of confidence; we are looking forward to the next match because we are not a club that cries over the unavailability of players.”
Mokwena says they are aware of the demands that come with being at the helm of an ambitious team like Sundowns and the tight schedule.
“It is cut throat, there is not a lot of time between games for players to have a festive season but it’s the profession that we chose, and we have got to make sure that we adhere to the call and the responsibility of serving Mamelodi Sundowns,” added Mokwena.
“We have got to serve with dignity and responsibility and make sure that we are in the best condition to win matches to make our people proud. We are blessed to have so much quality within our squad and it gives us a lot of options at our disposal.
“Is it changes for rotation? No. Is it changes because we want to give opportunities to players? No. I think it would be irresponsible for us to do that when so many people have invested so much into the club – their emotions and their happiness index depends so much on the results of Sundowns.
“We have to be cautious and diligent in using the playing personnel. But the reality is that we have been forced into playing different cards in different matches. But we don’t complain about it because we have the quality to get a good result,” concluded the Downs mentor.
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