South Africa Sundowns must beat rivals Orlando Pirates to finish season on a high – Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rhulani Mokwena has admitted to being impressed by how his men trained this week and has backed them to emerge victorious when they conclude the 2023/24 season at the Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates at a sold-out Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilians secured a seventh successive DStv Premiership title at the weekend and will now look to secure the Nedbank Cup title on Saturday to complete the treble dream this season.

Looking ahead of what will be a mouthwatering clash against their Soweto-based counterparts, Mokwena confidently stated his charges have prepared enough for the encounter and will give it their all to ensure that they lift the silverware at the end of the 90 minutes.

“I was very excited that we had some training time. I haven’t had training time with these players and I enjoyed the last two training sessions. The quality, intensity and energy. We trained like a team that just lost a football match and I was very happy with the reaction, especially because we hardly trained this season,” said Mokwena as quoted by the club’s official website.

“This week, I’ve been able to see the players do different things. I’ve been able to stimulate, try and stress them a little bit more. It’s been the biggest positive in having a neutral week.

“We have to play and get the job done. It’s a cup final which is a completely different competition. We just have to make sure that we win the title, lift the trophy and finish the season on a high. This is what this group deserves and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”

Sharing the news on injury updates, the Masandawana head coach stated it’s too soon to decide on who will be part of the squad. He said: “it’s too early to tell. There are a few concerns with the flu and one or two injuries but we will give it up until the last minute to make decisions because they are very important players for us.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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