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Sundowns’ Manqoba Mngqithi Concerned About Ever-Improving Stellenbosch FC

Cape Town — Mamelodi Sundowns are preparing for what, by all accounts, appears as though an apparatus program from hellfire: The bosses travel to Stellenbosch on Saturday before then facilitating Royal AM in midweek.

After which they have a derby experience against SuperSport United prior to meeting Baroka, Orlando Pirates, AmaZulu and Marumo Gallants in front of a seven-week break until February.

"One should check out our program near see the difficulties we are confronting," Sundowns co-mentor Manqoba Mngqithi said.

These challenges have been compunded with the heroes experiencing a "influenza bug" inside the group precluding a couple of players including midfielder Sphelele Mkhulise.

However, Mngqithi is more worried about a Stellenbosch group that has shown incredible improvement this season. Albeit the host group have recently lost two successive matches, Steve Barker's side started the season like a house ablaze with a 11-game unbeaten run.

There were signs last season currently that they could represent a certifiable danger when they pushed the bosses right to the last moment at the Danie Craven Stadium and Mngqithi recalls that game very well.

"They are extremely challenging group to separate. Albeit in the development they appear as though they are playing with two focus backs, which was (Sibusiso) Mthethwa and (Alan) Robertson or Robyn Johannes, and Zitha Macheke who begins more as a No 6 in assault, however in protection he is one of the three community backs, which gives them three focus backs and two wing backs," Mngqithi said.

"But the speed is consistently the thing they will be searching for against us. They have (Ashley) Du Preez, (Stanley) Dimgba and (Junior) Mendietta. Those players will cause us a lot of issues. We found in the last game there they gave us awesome run for our money."

Meanwhile, Stellenbosch FC mentor Steve Barker is setting up his group for the greatest test in South African football.

"Sundowns are the benchmark in South African football. They have accomplished an incredible arrangement. Unbeaten this season once more. Just lost one game last season. Most certainly an imposing adversary," Barker said.

"But it is additionally a chance for us to guage where we at. We have had several frustrating consequences of late and we hoping to skip back and return to winning ways. It is significant that we go into the game and have conviction that we can get a positive outcome regardless of whether will not be easy."

He additionally thought about the disposition in the camp after the progressive losses to Orlando Pirates and Royal AM.

"There is a touch of outrage. We felt that we let ourselves down against Pirates. I was very content with the game against Royal AM and I thought we had the right to get more from the game," he said.

It is a major undertaking ahead yet everybody is chomping at the bit to go. Everybody is accessible with the exception of commander Lee Langeveldt through injury and Mogamat de Goede through suspension in any case we have a full crew to choose from."

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