Mamelodi Sundowns continued their winning start to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign as they recorded an 8th straight win at home against Stellenbosch FC at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals from Grant Kekana, Aubrey Modiba, and Siyabonga Mabena would be enough to overturn an early deficit and see Bafana Ba Style continue the early-season trend of winning all of their domestic league matches.
Speaking after the game, coach Rhulani Mokwena praised his team for the effort they put into securing the win in difficult conditions. “It was a difficult game against a very good side, you know they are a team that can defend a 1-0. I was a little bit unhappy about [conceding] because it’s something that we worked on, but we came back and we showed good character to come back and make it 1-1,” said Mokwena, adding: “To go 2-1 up at halftime was a very good demonstration of the mentality of this group, and we kept playing, which is good because it’s not easy to keep playing against this Stellenbosh team, they are very well coached.”
The Brazilians outfit was heavily rotated following the weekend’s triumph over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8, and the coach reflected on how the players that came into the lineup were able to perform well and help the team get the win:
“It was a good performance especially when you consider the number of rotations, Reyaad Pieterse came in, [Bongani] Zungu, got good minutes & so did Mosa Lebusa. Lebo [Maboe] came in after a long long time out and did well. Thapelo Morena and Thapelo Maseko [did well] and it was good to see the young [Siyabonga] Mabena scoring.”
The victory for Mokwena’s men marked the 32nd consecutive game unbeaten in the league, setting a league record for the longest unbeaten streak in the PSL era. Masandawana will have little time to dwell on their midweek victory as they turn their attention to continental duty as they gear up to take on Bumamuru FC in the second league of their CAF Champions League qualifier at Lucas Moripe Stadium.