PSL suspension a blessing in disguise for Mamelodi Sundowns


On Monday the PSL suspended all football activities in the country, and no team will have been more grateful for the break than Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship and MultiChoice Diski are all on hold until further notice after the South African government announced a state of disaster due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Since then Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa has called for the PSL to resume, with a decision set to be made on Thursday by the PSL's Board of Governors.

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Sundowns were supposed to play Orlando Pirates tonight, which would have been another challenging encounter for them coming from a very busy schedule of CAF Champions League football and Nedbank Cup participation.

In their last two matches the signs of fatigue for Masandawana were there.

Against Stellenbosch last week in the league match they were fortunate to escape with three points as most of their players looked tired in the second half and could barely keep up with their opponents' fast-paced football.

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On Saturday against Highlands Park in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup they played another 120 minutes, so it would have been very tough for the players if the match against Pirates had gone ahead.

Coach Pitso Mosimane has repeated time and again this season the "well-rested" status of their opponents compared to his team and will be no doubt be using this week to allow players to rest and recover after a gruelling few months of continuous matches.

If the PSL decides on Thursday to continue the season behind closed doors, this week will have been a blessing in disguise for The Brazilians, who are four points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand.

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They now have some brief respite and should have more time to rest and recharge before getting ready to resume the fight for their 10th league title.

And when it comes to league race, Sundowns are ruthless at this time of the season. Having time to rest and plot for their next opponents is something whoever is in competition with them should worry about.

If the season resumes, the defending champions still have to face Pirates, Highlands Park, Maritzburg United, Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, Kaizer Chiefs, Baroka, Polokwane City and Black Leopards.

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