An incredible 10 Premiership titles would suggest excellence!
Three straight league trophies with a myriad of cups, the coveted Caf Champions League, coupled with a Caf Super Cup triumph in a space of five years, would speak of dominance.
Without a doubt, Sundowns are the team to beat at the moment. Interestingly, the club’s co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has told their next opponents Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) exactly how to beat his side in their Nedbank Cup semifinal encounter on Sunday at the Loftus Stadium.
In fact, Mngqithi sent a warning to all the teams in the Caf Champions and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) that if they decide to come up with a defensive approach against Sundowns, they will be duly punished.
“If they decide to sit back, I think they [TTM] will make the game very easy for us,” said Mngqithi after the game against Orlando Pirates, where Sundowns took a giant step in their efforts to retain the Nedbank Cup trophy with a 4-1 victory at Loftus Stadium on Thursday night.
“If I was them, I will take the game to Sundowns because you have nothing to lose. I think their coaches are aware of that, when you play against Sundowns you better give your best shot.
“For me the best advice I give to anyone at this stage, why sit back? Because even Pirates tried to sit at the back and played with five in the second half and that’s why they conceded a lot of goals when they played five at the back,” added the Sundowns mentor.
The ‘Brazilians’ have equally been impressive in the Caf Champions League where they have qualified for the quarterfinal. On the local front, they enjoy a six-point lead at the top of the log over second-placed AmaZulu, who have played two games more.
Their 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions might have recently ended at the hands of CR Belouizdad in the Caf Champions League but it is worth noting that the DStv Premiership log leaders are yet to taste defeat in the league after 20 matches with 13 wins and seven draws.
“The only thing I can tell you is that it’s an awkward team in the league. They have very interesting attacking players,” noted Mngqithi.
“It’s unfortunate they are a new team, and nobody is giving them as much respect and maybe they have also not found their feet because they had a lot of things happening within their team, but in terms of playing personnel, they have dangerous players.
“We know for a fact that if they come at us, we will have a lot of problems. It’s up to them to decide on the day, but if I was in their space, I would say I have nothing to lose, let me go all out to Sundowns toe-to-toe, and maybe they will get something out of that.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi