Sundowns PSL gossip

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Previewing the PSL match of the season so far

Sundowns are flying high but will need to be at their best to beat third-placed Richards Bay. Here’s a preview of what should be a cracker on Friday night.

Sundowns PSL gossip

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

DStv Premiership title favourites Mamelodi Sundowns travel to surprise package Richards Bay this Friday. Downs boss Rhulani Mokwena is under no illusions about the enormity of the challenge.

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Sundowns one of five PSL sides unbeaten in 5+ league matches

Mamelodi Sundowns are flying high in the DStv Premiership, seven points clear of nearest challengers SuperSport. Rhulani’s men have won eight league matches on the bounce and look in ominous form. Third-placed Richards Bay, undoubtedly the surprise package of 2022-23, are flying high in their debut campaign. Their current nine-game unbeaten run in the PSL shows that it isn’t a fluke.

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The Namibian marksman missed the club’s previous seven matches due to hernia surgery. Image: Twitter/Masandawana

Downs must permeate virtually watertight Richards Bay

The PSL newcomers have exceeded all expectations in their debut top-flight campaign. Under the tutelage of Pitso Dladla and Vasili Manousakis, they’ve conceded just six goals in 14 league encounters. The Natal Rich Boys haven’t lost since August 24th against SuperSport. Since then, they’ve kept seven clean sheets in nine. If anybody can breach a stubborn defence, though, it’s likely to be a Sundowns side in irresistible form.

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Not to be outdone, Rhulani’s Sundowns have won eight matches on the bounce and conceded just FIVE goals all season. This match is a meeting between Mzansi’s most in-form teams. Not to be missed! Kickoff from King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday night is at 19:30.

Richards Bay putting some garnish on preparations ahead of a meeting with the champions. Images: @richardsbayfc_ / twitter

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