Rhulani Mokwena: 'Sundowns are in a good space'

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Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)
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Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena feels his side are well prepared to face Baroka FC in their Premiership clash at the Peter Mokba Stadium on Saturday.

Sundowns come into this tie on the back of seeing off league rivals Orlando Pirates 1-0 before securing their place in the Group Stages of the CAF Champions League.

They are top of the Premiership standings with 21 points, nine clear of eighth-placed Bakgaga.

The Brazilians' hectic schedule may have left them somewhat short in their recovery ahead of the game, but Mokwena say the squad is healthy as they welcome back a number of fit-again players.

He said on Soccer Laduma: "The preparations for the Baroka match on Saturday have been good. I think we are in a good space, of course, this is our third match in eight days, we have to be a bit more focused on the physical aspects of our preparation to make sure that we still get enough freshness and energy to be able to play with the intensity that we want to play.

"We've tried to work on that in terms of our recovery processes and regeneration processes and we are in a good space, we almost getting a clean bill of health which is also very good, we are moving into space where we are welcoming a lot of players back to training, but of course that is also another process where we have to be patient and not rush individual players into competitive game forms."

Mokwena added: "We come from a very good result and emotionally we are also improving as a team and we are getting into the right state of mind and now it is all hands on deck and we look forward to travelling to Polokwane to play against a very good Baroka side."

- TEAMtalk media

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