Tiyani Mabunda says Mamelodi Sundowns are in the crosshairs of every PSL side
Posted: 23 December 2016 Time: 13:21
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda feels his side will forever be the hunted team in the Absa Premiership following their successes of 2016.
Masandawana ended a memorable year on a high, earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Baroka on Thursday night in their last league encounter of the year.
Pitso Mosimane's charges were not at their silky best, with Mabunda admitting the trip to the FIFA Club World Cup had taken its toll, yet the three points is what mattered most.
"We had a very tough first round of the season, and going to Japan took a lot out of us," Mabunda told SuperSportTV. "But as Sundowns, we always have to rise to the occasion. It wasn't easy - Baroka came out hard at us, but at the end of the day we just came to get the three points and managed to get the goal we needed, and we are happy with the result."
'Sugar' says his side anticipate an even tougher second half of the campaign, with every side in the Absa Premiership targeting their scalp as they play catch-up following their international exploits.
"Our coach always tells us that we have to be mentally strong," he continued. "Every team we come against always wants to beat us, and if they get a draw, it's also a good result for them. As Sundowns, we know it's never going to be easy in every game we play ... it's going to be difficult, as it means a lot to them to beat the champions of Africa and the first South African team to compete at the FIFA Club World Cup. For them to beat us is a very big achievement.
"And it's not going to be easy for us, we know we have to catch up a lot of games, but we just need to grind the results - every point we get will count as we strive to get back to our top position."
Sundowns will resume domestic duty on 8 February with an away trip to Bloemfontein Celtic.