Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena says Polokwane City deserves respect as they are a rejuvenated side.
Masandawana will take on ‘Rise and Shine’ at home in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 this afternoon.
The match is set for 15:00 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Bafana Ba Style come into this game as defending champions after winning the trophy last season, as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the final at Orlando Stadium.
“We are playing a very big game, we cannot overemphasize the magnitude of the game. 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,” said Mokwena.
In head-to-head stats of their last three encounters, the Brazilians have recorded two wins and a draw against the GladAfrica Championship side.
“We don’t have the possibility to allow complacency to creep in. We can’t afford it, it is not within our budget,” adds the Tshwane-based outfit mentor.
“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.”
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By FARPost Reporter