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Opinion - Zwane & Mokwena pressers, who's fooling who?

The mind games have obviously began between Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena and Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane ahead of the sides' big clash on Saturday. 

The pair already previewed the much anticipated encounter after their respective midweek clashes in the DStv Premiership. 

After Chiefs got their campaign up and running with a resounding win over Maritzburg United, Zwane looked forward to their game against Sundowns and vowed that they will play without fear and will not allow them to have the freedom of possession

However, in truth, the Sundowns team has been playing together for a number of seasons now with their possession-based football and Chiefs could employ different tactics contrary to what Zwane told the media.

Although Amakhosi may not be as ultra defensive as TS Galaxy were in their win over Sundowns, they could setup to play on transitions, given the speed they possess upfront with Ashley Du Preez, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly. 

The only difference between how Chiefs approach the game compared to the Rockets could be that they can vary their play and have quality players to hold on to the ball for longer periods.

Because Zwane would also be aware that Sundowns can be very dangerous if you play an open game against them as they showed in their win over Cape Town City. 

Meanwhile, Mokwena has also entered into the mind games mode after suggesting that Sundowns go into the clash as "underdogs" after their narrow defeat against Sead Ramovic's charges.

"No, we welcome the tag. We welcome the tag," Mokwena said in the club's pre-match conference, per iDiski Times

"Where will it be won or lost? On the pitch. (laughs) And that’s why I welcome the tag because the tag won’t play on the pitch. 

“We don’t have the right at the moment, it’s okay. We don’t have the right, we lost the match yesterday and Chiefs won the previous match," he said.

“It’s okay, we will humbly take it and we’ll approach this game with the utmost humility and accept that we are the underdogs for this one. That gives us no pressure also so which is good," he added.

Just one loss for Sundowns and one win for Chiefs makes Masandawana underdogs? Excuse me, the Brazilians are the defending champions, for how many seasons in a row?

In comparison, Chiefs are in the early stages of their rebuilding process, with new players having the pressure of carrying the team.

Sundowns can easily field their most experienced players, who can handle the pressure while Chiefs can't do that for obvious reasons, so who is the underdog? 

It's either Mokwena is frightened by the prospect of facing the new-look Chiefs or he's cleverly transferring the pressure to Amakhosi, to ease the pressure on Sundowns players.

By Thato Bosoga 

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