Sun­downs trio singing from same hymn sheet


The Citizen (KZN) - - LOCAL NEWS - Jonty Mark

Brazil­ians now turn their at­ten­tion to Kaizer Chiefs.

Themba Zwane be­lieves the un­der­stand­ing he has de­vel­oped with Percy Tau and Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi at Mamelodi Sun­downs played a ma­jor role as they all scored for Bafana Bafana in last week­end’s 3-1 2018 Fifa World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Burk­ina Faso.

Zwane scored Bafana’s sec­ond goal, while Tau got the first and set up Vi­lakazi for the third with a bril­liant as­sist.

“Be­cause we play to­gether here (at Sun­downs), and un­der­stand each other, our com­bi­na­tions be­come stronger in each and ev­ery game, and it is a good thing that we can take it from here to the na­tional team,” said Zwane yes­ter­day, adding that Sun­downs’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Caf Cham­pi­ons League has also helped at in­ter­na­tional level.

The Brazil­ians won the 2016 Cham­pi­ons League and reached the quar­ter­fi­nals of this year’s edi­tion.

“It has had a fac­tor, be­cause if you check, the na­tional team and the Cham­pi­ons League is not much dif­fer­ent, you find the same tempo. Tac­ti­cally teams are good and aeri­ally they are stronger.”

Sun­downs re­turn to do­mes­tic ac­tion on Tues­day when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premier­ship at Lof­tus Vers­feld.

Chiefs have been strug­gling for con­sis­tency again this sea­son un­der Steve Kom­phela, but Zwane is wary of Amakhosi’s abil­i­ties.

“They are still a strong side, no games are the same and we won’t judge them on their pre­vi­ous games,” said Zwane.

“You never know what to ex­pect against them, it is a big game, they are also mo­ti­vated and are look­ing forward to play­ing this game, so it will be tough, but we are ready for ev­ery­thing.”

Sun­downs have only played four league games so far this sea­son be­cause of their Cham­pi­ons League com­mit­ments, but have won three of them, and are well-po­si­tioned al­ready to mount another ti­tle chal­lenge.

It is un­clear whether Chiefs will be able to do the same, with Steve Kom­phela un­der se­ri­ous scru­tiny into his third sea­son as head coach with­out a ma­jor tro­phy.

Chiefs also have their in­jury wor­ries in de­fence, with Lorenzo Gordinho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Tsepo Masilela all still out.

“I am aware of that, they also have a big squad and can patch up here and there. But it is not our prob­lem, we are only fo­cus­ing on our­selves and how to ap­proach the game,” added Zwane.

Pic­ture: BackpagePix

WEAR­ING THEIR SCOR­ING BOOTS. Themba Zwane (back) and Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi.

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