Sundowns coach focusing on 'individual' players to stop Premiership newbies TTM in midweek clash

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  • Mamelodi Sundowns take on Premiership newbies Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Wednesday.
  • Coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes it is difficult to analyse a new team as they shift their focus to individual players.
  • Masandawana are searching for back-to-back victories after kick-starting their league title defence with a win over Kaizer Chiefs.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi admits that he does not know what to expect from their next opponents Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).

The Brazilians will take on the Premiership newbies on Wednesday evening as the 2020/21 league campaign continues.

It will be Masandawana's third match of the season after suffering a shock MTN8 quarter final knockout defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic.

However, Tshwane giants claimed bragging rights after seeing off rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a 3-0 victory last weekend as the newly sponsored Dstv Premiership kick-started.

TTM started life in the top-flight with a 3-2 defeat against SuperSport in the MTN8 quarter finals while TS Galaxy held the Limpopo side to a stalemate last weekend.

Speaking to the media ahead of the clash on Wednesday night, Mngqithi has revealed that they are planning and studying individual players instead of analysing the way TTM plays.

"It's very difficult because over the last two matches they’ve played different line-ups," Mngqithi said.

"You can see they are still bringing in players into the team and it is a team that does not have too many patterns where you know what they do.

"Do they build up from the back? What do they do in transitions? What do they do when they lose possession of the ball? You can see most of their stuff (decision making) are off the cuff.

"It is not something that has been trained and worked very hard because the players and the coach have not been together very long, and such teams can be very dangerous you don’t know exactly who you'll face in the next match."

Mngqithi added: "We are just planning on mainly individual profiles because the team as such does not have very clear tactical approach.

"We are trying our level best to understand what each and every individual can do against us and I think we have made those pointers in our analysis."

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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