Another assignment awaits the Mamelodi Sundowns DStv Diski Team this weekend as they travel to Cape Town for a clash against the Cape Town Spurs Reserves. The Brazilians find themselves at the summit of the table after drubbing six teams in a row and will look to bag all points on offer by stunning the home side on Sunday morning. Coach Themba Badela spoke on the readiness of his side as they look to take on the Urban Warriors.
“It’s our second away trip in a row. We just came back from Royal AM where we got a positive result. We are looking forward to also have a positive trip in Cape Town. We are playing against a team that has iron confidence. They have won their last two games, which the last one was an away win against Polokwane City, and the other one being the home game against Golden Arrows. We know they are a very good team. We can see that they are starting to gel and get used to the league,” Coach Themba stated.
Spurs have had a fair season so fair, having won four games and lost the other four. Their biggest win came from the encounter against Amazulu where they thrashed them 7-0. It is clear that the Cape Town side is in the business of putting the ball in the box. Coach Themba, however, said that his defence squad and the confidence of his troops can stop their counterparts.
“They are high on confidence and they have scored goals which is a good thing. For us it’s to make sure that we don’t give them those opportunities. We have to be strong defensively and the most important thing in the game would be the team that has the ball and looks after it will win the match. If we get the ball and we are responsible in possession, we won’t have issues with them scoring goals,” he said.
The league has now hit the quarter mark of the season, and the Brazilians are still revelling in the glory of being unbeaten and being top of the tally. Coach Themba expressed this has boosted the players’ confidence.
“It gives us confidence, but we know that as a team we still have a lot to improve on. We still have a long way to go. It’s going to get more difficult, but these last couple of weeks have helped the team to be united. The understanding among the players is getting better and we continue to grow. We are happy that we have been winning difficult matches and the players have been consistent and playing very good football,” he said.
Coach Themba concluded by proudly speaking about the leadership skills of the captain, Ntando Nkosi and what he brings to the team as a player that also plays in the senior team.
“We are very happy with him. Another part of the Diski Team is also to develop the players technically and tactically and to also develop leaders. We are developing him as a leader and of course his experience in the senior team is helping us a lot. He leads with his performances, even the off-the-field aspects are starting to get better. There are also quite a few others that we will be looking to grow into that leadership role, but so far, his performances have been excellent.”
The fixture between the Mamelodi Sundowns Diski Team and the Cape Town Spurs Reserves will take place on Sunday morning at the UWC Stadium. Kick-off is set for 10H00.