Polokwane City captain Jabu Maluleke hopes Mamelodi Sundowns will have a Champions League hangover
Posted: 24 October 2016 Time: 20:09
Polokwane City midfielder Jabulani Maluleke says he hopes Mamelodi Sundowns will still be tired from the demands of travelling on the continent when they meet on Thursday in the final Last 16 fixture of the Telkom Knockout at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Sundowns are only expected back in the country on Wednesday morning following their crowning as the new kings of Africa on Sunday in Egypt.
While The Brazilians are still in celebratory mood, Maluleke is hoping his side can take advantage, though he admits they will be the underdogs.
“We are up against a team that has been playing in cup finals so for us it is going to be difficult to face them because they have been playing many games so far,” says Maluleke.
“I think they have already played more games than anyone and the fact that we will be playing them straight after they come back from the Champions League, we need to capitalise on their mental fitness.
“They might be tired from all the travelling that they will done in Africa. It is a big game to play. I think we just have to play our normal game and encourage the boys to go all out.
“We have nothing to lose and all we need to do is go out there and play our normal game. What I know is that we will definitely give them a run for their money,” he says.
The veteran midfielder adds that knockout competitions provide them with the best chance of winning silverware.
“As a new team in the PSL, I think we have to take each game as it comes so for us it will be an achievement to go as far we can. If we reach the quarter-finals we are happy because we will have made a step forward,” says Maluleke.