Downs remain on the road for another week


Mamelodi Sundowns have shifted gear to their domestic schedule and declared the importance of their forthcoming matches following their famous victory against Al Ahly over the weekend.

Sundowns have taken firm control of their CAF Champions League group at the halfway stage with seven points from three games but must now move their attention to the PSL for the next games plus a Nedbank Cup tie before they meet Al Ahly again at home.

The Brazilians travel to TS Galaxy and then Maritzburg United keen to tighten the screws of their grip at the top of the standings.  

Those two upcoming games will be the fourth and fifth game consecutive games played away from home after having trips to Polokwane and Cairo.

"We have two important games coming against TS Galaxy and Maritzburg, so we need to bring our feet back firmly on the ground," says Rulani Mokwena, the Sundowns coach.

The league champions enjoy the cushion of a 15-point lead at the top of the standings as they move closer to their fifth consecutive league title.  

Sundowns are back in the country after spending the last week and a half away in Cairo where they played two Champions League games.

"We can probably say a satisfactory trip, one where we are not entirely happy.

"We always want to improve, but if you look at it, where we went and we wanted six points, we got only four, so if it is part of six you can be satisfied and content.

"We had other objectives like to try to put the team together, to try to work a little bit to improve a bit on the technical, tactical things in preparing for the two different opponents.

"We also tried to work on our conditioning, particularly for the players that have not been playing and getting a lot of game time, players that are returning from injury like Mosa (Lebusa), Lebo Maboe, and the facilities also helped in that regard. So, we are quietly content and now it’s just to focus," says Mokwena.

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