Player rotation affects Sundowns’ performance

Many might have expected the Mamelodi Sundowns to have a scoring party against DStv Premiership fighters Marumo Gallants on Wednesday night, but much to their surprise, Downs managed to score only one goal against Dan “Dance” Malesela’s side.

Sphelele Mkhulise’s goal was enough to drive the defending champions to victory, but his manager, Rulani Mokwena, says the Sundowns can never be satisfied with that kind of performance.

“In this league if you score a goal and win, you should (normally) be happy. But because we are Sundowns, we have a certain benchmark and certain standards, we are never satisfied, we want to do better, “said Mokwena.

“We have to try to improve and at the same time keep winning because that gives the team confidence,” said Mokwena.

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“At the Sundowns, it’s not just about winning, there is a certain expectation of how you have to behave in order to win. When your performance isn’t worthy enough to produce results, you’ll have problems.

“It was important for us to win, because we weren’t on the championship schedule (the Sundowns had played in the Champions League for two weekends) and everyone else played and maybe there wasn’t much distance between us and the other teams,” Ha added.

Part of Masandawana’s Achilles heel, as Mokwena pointed out, could be player rotation. He admitted that maintaining a core team could potentially produce better results. At the same time, however, the technical team feels obliged to distribute the responsibilities equally.

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“Sometimes (the rotation) comes at the expense of rhythm and that’s what we lost in the second half. But we will have games like these. Even if we played the same way in the second half as in the first half, we would still talk about how we need to improve, “said the Downs mentor.

He adds: “The only way to improve is to improve our best already … we have the players for that. We also like to strengthen the skills of players like Lebohang Maboe and Haashim Domingo because we will still need them, it will be a long season” .