Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena given an interesting fact about Golden Arrows ahead of their DStv Premiership meeting this afternoon.
Sundowns are a team known to do thorough research on opposition teams and, in studying Arrows ahead of today's encounter, they have established that it usually takes eight seconds for Abafana Bes'thende to get into the opposition's final third once they regain possession of the ball. The game will be played at Loftus Stadium at 17h00.
"Good team. I think they have shown good consistency throughout the season. They are a good team with a clear playing philosophy, with a clear structure in all schemes. In possession, you know exactly how the behaviour is and structurally how they set themselves up from the build-up to use both centre halves and then have a six, whether it's (Seth) Parusnath or (Gladwin) Shitolo to come in and create possibilities to link up the attack and develop play from the back," Mokwena told the Sundowns media department.
"That's a clear sign of a team that wants to possession and teams that want to be in possession are teams that have could possibilities to counter press. That's the profile of Golden Arrows. The interesting thing of the last 12 goals they have scored 90 percent of them have come from the phase of regaining possession and attacking. They average about eight seconds to get into your final third, so clearly they are a team that's got facets where, in possession, they can build and, out of possession, they can hurt you and, in transition, they are extremely dangerous. This is how they kill the opponent, but let's see."
Log leaders Sundowns, who are currently on 47 points, suffered their first league defeat of the season over the weekend, losing 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs. With AmaZulu putting pressure in second place on 44 points, Masandawana will be looking to bounce back with a victory, but it won't be a walk in the park against an Arrows side that plays with guts and guile.
Story by @T_Mailwane