Mokwena has high praise for Chiefs


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena has been impressed by Kazier Chiefs’ style of play this season, stating that Stuart Baxter has improved the side.

Mokwena is expecting a tough encounter when his troops clash against ‘Amakhosi’ on Sunday in a DStv Premiership match.

The two giants have already met this campaign in the MTN8 quarterfinals, where Sundowns won via a penalty shoot-out.

“It’s a difficult game. If you look at the two teams, both are working to try to improve the performances. I don’t think either one of us is very happy with where we are,” said Mokwena

“But it’s very early in the season, we are content, and we know where we are going. But we’ve also watched Chiefs extensively and there’s a lot of work that has been done and big improvements in relation to how they play.

“Coach Stuart and his technical team have done a very good job in already putting an imprint on the team.”

Mokwena added: “For example, before the coach arrived, they were averaging 40 passes before a box entry and now it is 34 passes before box entry. They take a little bit less now, 110 seconds, before they are in your box creating a chance, as opposed to the 146 seconds that they used to take before.

“So, when the coach [Baxter] speaks of transition and the work that they’ve done in the past, you can already see the personality and the imprint of good coaching. Clearly, we are up against a very good team that is well-coached, and our expectation is for a very good match.”

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By FARPost Reporter