Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena says the team’s first loss in 28 competitive matches will test their resolve and fortitude.
Sundowns want to bounce back from defeat in their final Caf Champions League group stage match when they face Chippa United on Monday 12 April.
Mamelodi Sundowns want to win again
The Brazilians remain unbeaten in the league and can stretch their lead at the top of the PSL table to six points if they can overcome the relegation-threatened Eastern Cape side.
Mokwena said that the defeat had effected the camp but they would be looking for a response on Monday afternoon.
“We haven’t felt like this in a long time, the mood is somber but it’s okay this is how we have to test our resolve and mental fortitude. It’s not in failing how you are tested, it’s about how you react after the failure and how quickly you get up and that’s what we’ve got to do.” said Mokwena in an interview with the club’s official website.
Hard to prepare for Chippa
Chippa United are an infamously mercurial team capable of running over any team on their day but often suffering spectacular blowouts, the team’s management crisis has made them even tougher to prepare for and Sundowns aren’t sure what they will come up against at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
“Preparing for Chippa is very very difficult at this point in time because of the change in leadership and the change in technical direction. We don’t know much about [their coach], but the reality is we still have a responsibility to do our work,” Mokwena added.
“When you have lost a match you are driven to dig even deeper and make sure you leave no stone unturned and that’s where we are with regards to Chippa. We have a short turnover period and a lot of work to be done. You have to put in the hours, when you create that work ethic you create the culture within the club that is heavily reliant on work, and that’s where we are now.”
When the two sides last met Lebohang Maboe and Gaston Sirino scored to before half time to give Mamelodi Sundowns a comfortable 2-0 win at Loftus Versfeld on 31 January 2021.
The Mamelodi Sundowns squad are in East London preparing for their match against Chippa which kicks off at the 15:00 with the contest to be broadcast on SuperSport PSL channel 202.