Downs resist title talk temptations


Mamelodi Sundowns are resisting the temptation of having their sights on their fifth consecutive title just yet despite their cruise control charge.

With 30 points in the bag Sundowns already have half of what is needed to win the league on average.

They have also beaten every opponent in the league this year with Sekhukhune United the latest to be added to a list headlined by Orlando Pirates along with Kaizer Chiefs and featuring the rest of the PSL cast.

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From the 12 games played, Sundowns already have 30 points, which translates to what is half of the title-winning total needed in domestic football.

At the rate at which they are moving the prospect of surpassing the record 71 points mark and finishing as the first-ever ‘invincibles’ is a possibility.

"The wisest man is the one who learns from the mistakes of others," remarks Rulani Mokwena, the Sundowns co-coach.

"This is a very long season and difficult. When we finished the season above Kaizer Chiefs they were some 14 points ahead with eight games to play but on the last day, Sundowns won the league. You can never count your chickens before they hatch and in football you take it one game at a time.

"We try to prepare to play and win the game and even if we get to 60 points and we feel the league is wrapped up we have a responsibility to the club, management and supporters of the club to make sure that we play every game to win every single match. That then says your process is governed by principles, values and the profile of the club and not by points.

"We don’t look at points and how much we need. We focus on trying to make sure that we build a very strong team and that means every single day that team has to advertise the core values and principles of this club regardless of the mathematical situation," says Mokwena.

Sundowns have conceded just two games (both in one game) from 12 games played to date.

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