With Saturday’s loss still fresh on millions of minds Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns has to look at some of the positives that came from the game and that would be in Method Mwanjali.
Method was playing only his second game and came out of it with “flying colours”. Mwanjali was playing at left-back and contained all the attacks that came his way.
Method who is also captain of his national team, Zimbabwe, took all the praise in his stride but was also quick to point out that personal accolades mean very little when the team lost on the day.
“We have to lift ourselves up and make sure that we start winning our remaining games and dominating the opposition.
“It is back to the grindstone knowing that it is going to be very tough and the league won’t be given to anyone on a silver platter.
“There are still numerous games ahead and we have got to fight for every point. We have let our advantage slip away but we cannot build a monument and camp; we have to fight this and it starts mentally and then it will show in our performance,” he told the team’s website on Thursday.
“Quality is not an issue because this club is full of quality. Even the youngsters are world- class so we have to maximise our talent and start winning games and playing with style as this team has a culture of excellence. We need to believe in ourselves moving forward.”
His captain and fellow Zimbabwe international Esrom Nyandoro weighed in: “We have to lift ourselves and rise above the loss against Chiefs on Saturday.
“The league has not yet been finalised. We are still top of the log so we cannot throw our toys out of the cot now. Championships are a race and now we have to focus on our next game which is against Maritzburg.
“It is never a nice feeling to lose and we all hated the feeling on Saturday. We need to win the game against Maritzburg and maintain our lead at the top of the league. With the team trying to lift themselves, the senior players have taken the youngsters under their wings to help them in the team’s quest to win the league. We are thankful to have such supporters and we want to bounce back and show championship mantle.”
Tomorrow night, the Brazilians, powered by the billions of owner Patrice Motsepe, play Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium while their bitter rivals and second-placed Chiefs face off against fourth-placed Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.