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Sundowns to refresh team against Arrows due to punishing travelling schedule

Manqoba Mngqithi coach of Mamelodi Sundowns DStv Premiership 202021 match between Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Peter Mokaba Stadium,Polokwane on the 09 January 2021 ©Kabelo LeputuBackpagePix

Manqoba Mngqithi, the coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, has stated that the players will be refreshed for Wednesday's DStv Premiership match against Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

On Sunday, the Brazilians drew 2-2 away from home with AS Maniema of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and on Tuesday, they traveled to KwaZulu-Natal to face the unpredictable Arrows.

"There will be some adjustments to attempt to freshen the team," he stated, "given we traveled and played in very severe weather last weekend."

Players that began on the bench against AS Maniema, such as George Maluleka, Aubrey Modiba, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Sphelele Mkhulise, Haashim Domingo, Gaston Sirino, Kermit Erasmus, and Thapelo Morena, may be given opportunities.

“It was really humid in the DRC, and most of the players were dehydrated, so we'll have to make a few changes, but we're not going to modify the lineup too much.

"We've had some serious injuries in the past that caused us to change the line-up a lot, which put us on the back foot, but happily, we're retrieving some of those guys for this match."

Arrows, according to Mngqithi, have a "banana skin" and are a difficult squad to strategize against.

"Golden Arrows are always a pain to predict since they are so unpredictable." In their following match, they modified the lineup that played against us in the cup by adding some consistency to their midfield.

"They fielded a three-man defensive and offensive midfield with Velemseni Ndwandwe, Simo Mbhele, and Nqobeko Dlamini for greater impact and to play behind the defense, with Pule Mmodi, Thubelihle Magubane, and Knox Mutizwa usually coming short to provide space for the wingers."

"They're always a tough club to approach, but we believe we have a roster capable of dealing with them." They had the benefit of the goal that we scored in Durban in the cup match that we won, but we were compelled to come out.

"However, we are aware that they are a highly capable transitional squad."

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