'Bucs push us to be mentality strong'

Mamelodi Sundowns

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Mabunda was named Man of the Match after Sundowns drew 0-0 with the Soweto giants at Orlando Stadium on Monday night.

The midfielder feels the players are able to express themselves whenever they come up against Pirates.

“I’d like to honour the grace of my father the ‘Major One’. I thank God for bringing him in my life so he can push me in situations like this,” Mabunda told SuperSport TV.

“Today’s game was a tactical one, we knew it was not going to be easy. They were three points behind us and they wanted to equal the points. But with the experience we had from playing in the [CAF] Champions League we know how to manage the game. Our tactical team is doing very well,” he continued.

“They’ve been pushing us to be mentally strong especially in games like this. It was not an easy game, you could see but we thank God for the point that we received and we’re still on top of the log.

“A game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates is never a “park the bus” game. Everybody wants to win, it’s a game that we as players also enjoy. We’re able to express ourselves without any limitations.

“So for today we almost got a goal early in the game, it was unfortunate it went wide. They also had their chances but you know we have ‘number one [goalkeeper]’ in Africa Denis [Onyango], he saved us. We’re grateful we managed to get the point, we’ll continue with the course. We know how to manage the situation and handle the pressure,” he said.