Mashikinya questions Downs chemistry

Premiership

Siwelele are one point shy of reaching 14 points from seven matches, meaning a draw at Dr Molemela Stadium this evening will guarantee them Q-1 honours.

SuperSport United are their only challengers, with Matsatsantsa level on 13 points from seven games.

"We are only left with one point," Mashikinya tells KickOff.com.

"Remember we played six games and we are at 13. If we draw we will be on 14, so for Q it is for the quickest club to reach seven games with a lot of points you see.

"Most teams have already played eight games so they are already into another Q, the second Q. If we get a draw we get our Q. We get a win, at least it's also a bonus.

"To be honest we are not thinking about the Q, we are thinking of three points because if you look, you get three points you sit on top. But you get one point and win the Q, but you still down there do you get me? So what is important it's three points so we can sit on top. It's important to sit on top because if you win the game you get both, but when you focus on the Q you will end up getting a draw and remain where you are with your Q.

"We can't take this game simple because we know what Sundowns is capable of. If you judged them by their record this season and relax it will backfire because these people, they have got a team that is winning a league while another is sitting outside. Sundowns season by season they produce a player that goes on to play for another big team or goes overseas."

That said, the former Mpumalanga Black Aces and Cape Town City midfielder notes that the Absa Premiership champions are a changed side from last season, and says that was evident in their 2-2 draw with AmaZulu.

"Last season Hlompho [Kekana] would find [Khama] Billiat or Percy [Tau] with long balls upfront, not to say that chemistry is not there anymore but it's not the way it was before. They have changed a lot of players but we know that they have a way of bringing back the chemistry as soon as possible. So it's a different team now and teams use that to their advantage, it gives teams confidence.

"Look at the AmaZulu game, AmaZulu were able to attack them, but normally when playing against Sundowns you would never take that chance against their quality. You would resort to transition and hit them with counter [football]. You would box smart. But I think AmaZulu saw that 'No this season's chemistry is not the same as last season's, we can go pound for pound' and they came out with a draw."

Kick-off is at 19h30.

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