Sundowns yet to hit top gear, says Mokwena

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Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena believes it is only a matter of time before his men hit top gear.

‘The Brazilains’ have won two of their three matches so far in the new season and Mokwena said the goal is to be more consistent throughout the season as they prepare to take on Golden Arrows in the MTN8 first leg semi-final clash at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15:00).

“Going into the Kaizer Chiefs match we anticipated that it would take us five or six games before we hit top gear. Our performances so far have shown that we were correct,” said Mokwena.

“We are trying to work in a very systematic way and trying to be a bit scientific about how we go about the season because our form guide informed us that after a good start we had a dip in form towards the end of the season. To try and find a little bit more consistency we altered the way we are working.” Mokwena went on to admit that it is not easy to plan for a tricky side like Arrows, who finished fourth in the league last season.

“It’s not easy [to prepare], traditionally Arrows have had a very distinctive way of playing, and I think it’s synonymous with how they are known as ‘Abafana Bes’thende’, they play with a little bit of exuberance and play a little bit off the cuff,” added Mokwena.

“Even when they try to have some organisational forms, they still try to maintain the flair and the expressive abilities of their players and sometimes that’s where it can be a little difficult to prepare. They’ve got a very good team and a very good coach with a good assistant.

“They counter-press very well and their fullbacks are very important, they average about eighteen crosses into the box, so it’s a team where we know what to expect but controlling that is the most difficult thing in football.”

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By FARPost Reporter