Masutha up against the might of 'MMK'


Tshakhuma FC head coach Joel 'Moporofita' Masutha admits it is never easy to plan against a side like Mamelodi Sundowns as you never know who is going to be playing.

Tonight Vhadau Vha Damani will face their biggest test since they bought Bidvest Wits' PSL status when they face the defending champions at Loftus Stadium (19h30).

"Ya you know it's always a challenge to face teams like Sundowns," Masutha tells

"They are the defending champions, they've got a lot of quality from the bench also, the playing personnel. So you never know who is going to play. But whoever plays is equally good so it's going to be a very tough one.

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"They will be brimming with confidence after winning 3-0 against another big team. So ya we believe they will make things difficult for us but we will be also prepared to fight and play to our strength.

"We're not going to give in you know. I mean strong as they are, on the field it's going to be 11 against 11. We will fight for a result, we will fight for everything you know."

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Justin Shonga is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing their last match against TS Galaxy.

"I have a full squad for the match," Masutha confirms. "The easiest games that you can play is when you play these big teams you know, you don't need anyone to motivate you. If you lose people will say, 'Aah it was obvious.' You go there without fear, without any nervousness."

The Sundowns playing personnel is not the only thing Masutha will need to be worried about going into tonight's game as he will be also be facing three coaches in Manqoba Mnqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Khompela.

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"Whether it's three coaches, one coach or two, it's going to be 11 against 11 on the field. Yes they might combine their heads and come up with one solid plan but what matters most is the obligation of the players on the field," Masutha adds.

"So I'm happy to see the coaches working nicely together. You know it bodes well for South African football. So ja for me it doesn't matter."

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