Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns against Chippa United at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Image: BackpagePix

How to stop Sundowns – John Maduka

Royal AM’s John Maduka is the latest coach to lose to Mamelodi Sundowns. Here are his suggestions on how to stop Kabo Yellow.

Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns against Chippa United at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Image: BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns marked a record 51 matches unbeaten on Tuesday. The event was a 2-0 win over Royal AM. Losing coach John Maduka has sent a message to the rest of the league.


A spectacular goal from Peter Shalulile in the first half was followed by an expert finish by Lesiba Nku. The result at the Harry Gwala Stadium left Sundowns with 69 points and two matches remaining. Meanwhile, Royal AM are just two points above safety with two games to go.

Sundowns’ remaining games

  • Stellenbosch FC – away – Saturday 18 May
  • TS Galaxy – away – Saturday 25 May.

Royal AM’s remaining games

  • Chippa United – home – Saturday 18 May
  • Moroka Swallows – away – Saturday 25 May.


Speaking to the media before meeting Sundowns on Tuesday, Royal AM coach Maduka said his team needed to be defensively disciplined against the champions.

“Sundowns are a team that believes in themselves and Coach Rulani Mokwena and his technical team have done a very good job. They don’t play for a draw in every game because they go for a win,” Maduka told the Citizen.

“It seems like it’s in their system and to stop them you have to be tactically disciplined and that’s the one way that you can be able to stop them. You can allow them to have the ball in certain areas but you don’t allow them to come in your half because if they do that, they will cause so many problems.

Furthermore, Maduka said teams have to be intentional when they have the ball against Sundowns.

“Again, when you have the ball, you must use it because if you don’t use it well, they will press you immediately. We were not far in the last game from getting a point and we can build on where we left off before we conceded.

“You have to defend well and you can’t just take the game to Sundowns because you will open on the other side. They play in every moment of the game and they can also play in transition and combination play. Tactical discipline has to be there and the concentration has to be at a maximum and that is the only way that you can stop them,” Maduka concluded.

Having sealed a record seventh DStv Premiership title in a row, is there any current team that can stop Sundowns from lifting an eighth league title next season? Let us know in the comments section below.