RULANI: WE’RE RARING TO GO!

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Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal Rhulani Mokwena, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal Rhulani Mokwena, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

MAMELODI Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has been encouraged as they prepare to continue their dominance in the Premier Soccer League.

The Downs juggernaut have flattened just about everything in their path in recent years, bagging titles for fun as they continue to feed their insatiable appetite for winning.

The hard part now, according to Mokwena, is maintaining the high standard that they have set for themselves over the past couple of seasons.

“The pre-season has gone well,” said Mokwena, as he summed up their preparations for the upcoming campaign.

The Tshwane giants open their season with a clash against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals of the MTN8 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

“Of, course, there were three parts that we focused on with the first one being the integration of our new players into the group and ensuring that they adapt to the culture and the personality that we are trying to create in this team,” said Mokwena.

“The other one is, we want to improve as a team. We want to improve certain schemes and ways of doing things on the pitch. And we have worked on those things. Kudos to the players for their approach. The work ethic has been extremely pleasing. The players have been looking sharp and this augers well to ensure that we are prepared for the new season from a tactical and technical perspective.

“The final part is the creation of the mentality and the personality of the team. We want to be a team that is very strong. A team that is a nightmare to play against. We want to be a team that can hurt other teams in different ways, and you have to create a culture for that.”

Although Downs have been dominant in the past few seasons in the PSL, the Wafa Wafa competition continues to be a stumbling block.

The MTN8 title is the one trophy that has eluded the Tshwane giants.

They will hope to change that this season.

And the recent acquisition of former Maritzburg United striker Thabiso Kutumela and former Bloemfontein Celtic defender. Sifiso Ngobeni, will only make them stronger as they look to break the MTN8 “curse.”

“We are very excited to have brought Kutumela to Sundowns because he is the type of player we didn’t have,” added Mokwena.

“And Sifiso is another exciting prospect. He ticks a lot of boxes and has all the qualities a Sundowns player needs.”

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