Thobejane: 'PSL coaches are scared of Sundowns'


Kgoloko Thobejane believes DStv Premiership coaches are to blame for Mamelodi Sundowns' continued dominance in local football.

Since the PSL's inception in the 1996/97 season, the Tshwane giants have clinched 11 league titles, two Telkom Knockout cups and three Nedbank Cups.

On Saturday, Sundowns beat Cape Town City to clinch their first-ever MTN8 trophy.

Sundowns have also lifted the CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup in an era of unrivalled dominance.

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"Eish, that team hha yayaya! It's a well-oiled machine," the Baroka FC Diski team coach tells

"But in football, we can't say they will win everything this season unless otherwise we as their competitors we fear them. If we fear them they will do as they wish.

"But on Saturday those Cape Town City players were playing very good football, they were all over Sundowns these boys.

"It's just that if it's not your day, it's not your day. Come penalties, it was Cape Town City, Onyango, Cape Town City, Onyango... hhaa he banna! Five penalties? Hhayi that guy Onyango is very strong.

"What is special about Sundowns is their players, most of those players are geniuses. Their technical team is also very strong. These three guys are strong.

"The biggest mistake other coaches are doing is if you play Sundowns you have to come with your own game. Don't worry about them.

But if you prepare to say this one is like this and that you will always have a problem. Don't spend too much energy thinking about an opponent. If every time you open your mouth you talk about your opponent, then what about yourself?"

Asked further if he really thought coaches feared Sundowns, Thobejane said.

"That one I know for a fact they are scared. If you can say to me today go and play Barcelona, then I can't tell my players how good Barcelona players are.

"The biggest mistake most of the coaches do is to spend time analysing opponents, it's like you don't believe in yourself, and all you want is to stop your opponent.

"Today against this team you play like this, tomorrow against that team you play like this. You don't have your own brand of football. Your game is determined by opponents."