Mamelodi Sundowns keeps breaking and setting new records, having won 13 matches in a row after their hard-fought 2-1 win over TS Galaxy on Tuesday, but their performances in the last three matches have not been convincing.
The thirteen-match winning streak seems to be taking its toll on Downs’ players.
Fatigue and complacency are slowly creeping into their play, added that is the opposition factor, with teams having an extra motivation to break the yellow nation’s winning streak.
While team rotation may be the answer for the Brazilians considering their big squad brimming with talent, it may affect their rhythm as seen on Tuesday against TS Galaxy when Rulani Mokwena made seven changes to their starting line-up.
With Sekhukhune United riding a wave of good form since Brandon Truter took over the coaching reigns, they may take full advantage of Mamelodi Sundowns’ dip in form to steal a point or three from the runaway log leaders.
Babina Noko have won four out of their last five matches, drawing one while putting on some sterling performances that have seen them escaping from the claws of relegation to rise to 5th position on the log.
Despite not scoring a lot of goals, having scored only six from five matches, Sekhukhune has impressed with their above-average defensive organization, which has seen them concede only two goals in five outings. They should have no problems dealing with Sundowns.
Brandon Truter would love nothing more than to see his side stopping Mamelodi Sundowns on their tracks, a team he believes has an unfair advantage over others because of their financial muscle.
Central defender, Edwin Gyimah, believes they have a chance against the Brazilians, a team they held to a 1-all draw in the first round.
“The supporters have been behind us in the past games. We hope to give them the best [performance]. We don’t want to disappoint them,” Gyimah told Sekhukhune’s media team yesterday.
“I think people obviously know how Sundowns are performing currently…they are in top form and in a good shape. We are also in good form and in good shape, so for us the preparations are normal. It’s the same as any other game. We are always going to stick to what the coach [Brandon Truter] is telling us. It is all about sticking to the plan that helped us in our previous games.”
While Mamelodi Sundowns can grind out results, without being at their fluid best, they know they have a bruising battle on Saturday against Sekhukhune United.