Tuesday, February 27, 2024
No menu items!
HomeSouth African SoccerSundowns coach Mokwena wary of ‘improved’ Chiefs

Sundowns coach Mokwena wary of ‘improved’ Chiefs

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is wary of an improved Kaizer Chiefs as he gave a detailed analysis ahead of the duel at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Mokwena believes Chiefs have improved a lot this season as Amakhosi will meet their old nemesis, Sundowns on Wednesday.

ALSO READ I Pirates coach Riveiro refuses to discuss 16 injured players

Under new coach Molefi Ntseki, Chiefs failed to bag a win in their DStv Premiership opener on Sunday afternoon hoe to Chippa United.

But the same cannot be said about the reigning league title holders, Sundowns managed to have a bright start with a win over Sekhukhune United.

ALSO READ I Controversial Chippa boss fires another attack on Chiefs

MOKWENA OF SUNDOWNS WARY OF IMPROVED CHIEFS  

In his post-match reaction and looking at Chiefs, the Sundowns mentor said Chiefs are capable of causing an upset on Women’s Day.

ALSO READ I Sundowns coach Mokwena hopes for fluidity against Chiefs.

This comes as Sundowns claimed six points over Amakhosi last season but under a new man in charge, Ntseki, Mokwena is seriously cautious.

“The starting point is we have to respect our opponent — Kaizer Chiefs are no different,” Mokwena said to the media per TimesLIVE.

“You know the rivalry between Sundowns and Chiefs and already that makes it a big encounter.

“With the performances of the team, of course, you have to also engage with some of the technical changes made. They’ve got a new coach so he needs time to work on his ideas and get the players to adapt to a different way of doing things.

ALSO READ I Disappointed Xoki staying positive despite Pirates loss

“It’s a bit clear that, even though they haven’t moved too far from the 4-2-3-1, there are moments where it’s a bit more aggressive with a 4-3-3, and the front three is a bit more in the advance line than in the previous season under coach Arthur.”

SUNDOWNS COACH PROFILES CHIEFS PLAYERS

Taking a detailed glance at Ntseki’s troops which are expected to be led by the likes of Ranga Chivaviro and Siyethemba Sithebe, Mokwena gave his ideas.

ALSO READ I Sundowns boss Mokwena explains tactical changes in DStv thriller

The astute Masandawana manager was spotted at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium when the Glamour Boys hosted the Chilli Boys on Sunday.

“You’ve got Ranga, possibilities of Christian Saile who’s a striker, Ashley du Preez who plays upfront, so a front three that really is made up of strikers,” he added.

“They’ve kept with the midfield two with the base. They’ve played around with the combination with Edson Castillo or Sabelo Zwane, or Castillo and Sithebe, and against Chippa where they had Yusuf Maart and Castillo.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ARTICLES BY PHUMZILE NGCATSHE

RELATED ARTICLES
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Most Popular

Recent Comments

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x