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Swallows’ Komphela: How PSL rivals can stop Sundowns

Moroka Swallows coach Steve Komphela shares his insights on how PSL rivals can be able to stop Mamelodi Sundowns‘ dominance.

Having worked as Rulani Mokwena’s right-hand man at Sundowns, Komphela is fully aware of how the Chloorkop-based side operates.

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Komphela spent three seasons with Sundowns before his shocking departure to join Swallows just prior to the start of the season.

KOMPHELA’S INSIGHTS ON HOW PSL RIVALS CAN STOP SUNDOWNS

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns mentor, Komphela says Sundowns are bound to struggle or get fatigued as they are an ambitious side.

Masandawana are in three competitions, DStv Premiership, the CAF African Super League, and the Champions League.

On top of that, Sundowns face a hectic schedule as they will also play the Nedbank Cup following their exit in the Carling Knockout Cup.

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“When I look at Mamelodi Sundowns as someone from outside who is aggressively looking to get better and above Sundowns,” Komphela said to the media.

 “Then you have the thinking that it serves us well in the PSL. Sundowns’ schedule is too heavy and they will feel the pinch.

“They will be tired and it becomes the responsibility of whichever team in the PSL that is ready to stay fresh, compete and win, then they will have a chance.

“But someone back in South Africa who is busy training and resting while waiting to play stands a better chance.

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“Those who have done a bit of data analysis and audit, when you look at Mamelodi Sundowns and who was likely to be next in line if they don’t become champions.

Moroka Swallows coach Steve Komphela looks at how PSL rivals can stop Mamelodi Sundowns dominance. Image Source: (@MorokaSwallows/Facebook)
Moroka Swallows coach Steve Komphela looks at how PSL rivals can stop Mamelodi Sundowns dominance. Image Source: (@MorokaSwallows/Facebook)

“That particular club stands a better chance to plan properly to say I wonder if they will play 50 matches without showing any signs of fatigue.

“If they come back into the premiership and show any signs of fatigue then we have to take the three points and get closer.

“It will be very interesting but I feel for the technical team at Sundowns as I said burdens and blessings are cousins.”

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SWALLOWS COACH ON SUNDOWNS TIGHT SCHEDULE

The outspoken former Bafana Bafana skipper, Komphela argues that with the tight and gruelling schedule ahead of them, PSL rivals must pounce.

He adds that Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi’s tactical planning will be tested considering the challenges of travelling, training and so on.

“The schedule is going to be crazy, it’s the African Football League, the Champions League, the league and also Cup competitions and at the back of that schedule you are going to be traveling,” adds Komphela.

“You know how difficult it is to be traveling on the continent.

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“But I think burdens and blessings are cousins and the fact that Sundowns are blessed to have so much quality and they are (playing) on the continent.

“Those blessings become a burden in terms of how do you mitigate them. One thing we thought of was that fatigue is not only physical but also mental.”

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