If you look back on January, the biggest disappointment was that Bafana Bafana did not participate in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but on the positive side for local teams, it gave coaches and the opportunity to work on their teams and hone their skills for the second round of the DStv Premiership campaign. One coach who has benefited a lot from the mini preseason is TS Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic, who was roped in last October while the team was at the foot of the log.
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“In January we had a lot of time to prepare and we are ready for all the games that are coming up. The mood in the camp reflects that everyone wants to pull the same weight in the same direction. We have to work hard, just like against Chiefs, that will help us conquer a team like Mamelodi Sundowns,” said Galaxy forward Lindokuhle Mbatha.
The Rockets’ next assignment is probably one that most teams in the league are reluctant to take on, and that is to play defending champion Masandawana. The two teams will face off at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday and Mbatha believes they are in good shape to play a Downs side that is very confident after beating Al-Ahly in their backyard in the Café Champions League last weekend .
“We are playing against them at the right time, we are coming back from two draws and a defeat and we are beating Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup, and this shows that there is a lot of improvement and we will see that in the coming matches. We know all how important it is to get maximum points especially at this time of the season even a point is valuable depending on how the game will go but if you see the opportunity to get all three points you should go for it,” said Mbatha, who faces his former side, insisting that no love is lost between him and the Brazilians.
“Proving a point against your former team is neither here nor there. I’m just grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me, but when I play against a former team, I know who my employer is and where my heart and mind are. When you go on the field, you have to go in and give everything you’ve got,” he said.