Sundowns' tactical difficulties vs TTM

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has conceded the technical team has found it difficult to plan against newcomers Tshakhuma FC.

Sundowns will meet TTM for the first time in their history at Loftus Stadium tonight (19h30) after the Limpopo-based club bought the status of Bidvest Wits.

TTM played to a 1-1 draw in their first league match against TS Galaxy at home on Saturday having lost 3-2 to SuperSport United in the MTN8 quarter-finals in Limpopo.

The Brazilians are going into the match with their tails up after beating Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 at FNB Stadium in their opening match last weekend.

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But Mngqithi says it has been more difficult for the coaching trio of himself, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela (MMK) to plan against TTM than it was for Amakhosi.

"Against SuperSport [United] they played Justin Shonga, [Mogakolodi] Ngele, Lerato Lamola and they come against TS Galaxy, Shonga is not there," Mngqithi said ahead of the match.

"It's Lamola, [Celimpilo] Ngema and Ngele, it's a big factor in that team with Miguel Timm doing well in that team. So it's difficult to plan for a team like that."

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Mngqithi continued: "They are strong on set-pieces with Alfred Ndengane, [Leholohonolo] Nonyane and Ngele is known by everyone for taking them but surprisingly now he has even scored with a header which suggests that we must be aware of everything happening in and around the box.

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"And try to defend intelligently and not give away free-kicks in and around the box because Shonga and Ngele can be dangerous. So we are just planning mainly on individual profiles because the team as such has no clear tactical approach."

Defender Tebogo Langerman is available again after serving a two-match suspension.

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