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Sundowns’ Grant Kekana looks to foil Galaxy set pieces

In their Premiership match at Loftus on Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana expects a physical game from TS Galaxy.


The cherry on top The Brazilians will be looking for their third win in four league games to remain unblemished, while Galaxy will be looking for their first win of the season.


Sundowns, the defending champions, have had a strong start to the season, with victories over AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs, as well as a home draw with Chippa United.

Third-from-bottom After draws with the Chiefs and Golden Arrows, as well as a loss to Stellenbosch, Galaxy and coach Owen da Gama have had less luck.


“They'll be more physical, and they also play a lot of long balls to their attackers and play off second balls. They'll have to adapt to our style of play, though,” Kekana added.


“They are a hardworking team, we know they will go all out, and Owen da Gama is a terrific coach for them.

We have a strong chance of having a favorable result if we do the things we've been working on during training.”


In the four games they've played this season, the Sundowns' defense has altered, and Kekana says they work on different combinations in training.


“My pairing with Rushine [De Reuck] is the same as it is with Mosa [Lebusa], Rushine and Mosa, or Rushine and Ricardo Nascimento. Everything boils down to what we do in training, and the many combinations that are tried out throughout training sessions help us gel.”

In Sundowns' 2-0 win over Chiefs, Kekana scored his first goal for the club, and he looks to be a nuisance for opposition defenders at set pieces.


“As defenders, we don't get many chances to score, so when you do have a chance to be in the box on set pieces, you have to make the most of it. I'll be there for set pieces if I have the chance to play against TS Galaxy, and perhaps I'll get something.”


Lindokuhle Mbatha, a Galaxy midfielder, stated that they must strive to get something out of the game.

“It's critical that we get all three points at this juncture in the season so that we can compete for top-eight positions in the second round. We must get at least one point in this game if we do not score three.


“I may say they owe us six points since they took them away from us last season. Because a point from those two matches may have made a tremendous difference for us, we didn't make it into the top eight in the end.”

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/sport/soccer/2021-09-16-sundowns-grant-kekana-looks-to-foil-galaxy-set-pieces/

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