Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala is unfazed about seeing newly promoted JVW FC amongst the top sides of the SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) table.
In fact, he described their current form as early days. JVW are currently second with nine points and ahead of third placed Sundowns on goal difference.
First Touch top the table with 12 points.
In his mind, however, the Sundowns gaffer is constantly thinking of ideas on how to help his side improve from their last season’ spectacular performance. That Sundowns Ladies were crowned SNWL inaugural champions with 63 points and 82 goals scored without a single draw or defeat, are stats which Tshabalala has led his mind to quickly move away from. And that’s mainly because the Sundowns Ladies coach believes that there’s always room for improvement, even though you might be regarded as the envy of your peers in the SNWL.
“I am not even worried about them,” Tshabalala said of JVW’s current form.
“My mind, though, is centered on improving this team from what it was able to achieve last season,” Tshabalala added. “We qualified for the Caf Women Champions League which we are really looking forward to, finished the season without a single defeat and we want to build from that performance. We believe that it can be done.”
To achieve that, though, Sundowns Ladies will have to continue with their collection of maximum points in each fixture they’ll be competing in this season, starting off with TUT Ladies FC this Sunday at TUT Stadium (15h00).
TUT Ladies are currently fourth on the league table with seven points from three outings. Tshabalala said he and his charges are looking forward to the match, adding that they’re targeting nothing but maximum points from this Tshwane derby.
“Definitely. And this is because I hardly spent time worrying myself about my opponents and how they play but rather on our own strengths,” Tshabalala said. “My focus has always been centered on helping my side get better leading up to any fixture we are scheduled to compete in. This has always worked for us and we are really looking forward to Sunday’s matchup.”
By Mohau Ramashidja