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Mamelodi Sundowns experienced midfield player Teko Modise echoed the word of Coach Pitso Mosimane after a loss to now league log leaders Cape Town City FC.

The Absa Premiership provided South Africa with a mouth-watering encounter on Friday as Sundowns visited City down in Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium.

The red hot Brazilian side was expected by many to come out victors of the match but it was not to be so. City snatched through contention a 1-0 win over the African Champions. A goal from Lebogang Manyama was enough to see Eric Tinkler and his ambitious squad humble the yellow nation.

Teko Modise on a positive side mentioned the fact that the team has a few games in hand and can still afford to drop a few points now and then.

“Yes it was disappointing to lose. We have won a lot of matches and it was a matter of time before we had to succumb to a loss. This is football and you cannot win all the matches. This one was one we tried best to win but at the end of the day they were the better team.

There is nothing more to say but to take it on the chin and look forward to doing better in the next fixture, “said Modise.

Downs next face Polokwane City on March 14 when the league continues.

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Mamelodi Sundowns drew 0-0 with Chippa United this morning as they saw to finish the match that was postponed on Tuesday evening at Loftus Stadium.

There were lighting problems at the stadium and the game was halted in the 42nd minute. Teko Modise saw the positive side of the whole situation and says that the team welcome the point.

“Look it was a tough game. It is difficult to play a match in two different days because there are a lot of factors to consider. But the point will do for now. We accept it and move on, “said Modise.

The general as he is affectionately known has not scored a goal this season and has not received as much play time as he would have liked. He gives a brief response to the situation: “Well it is always great to get some play time. It has been a while and it would have been nice to find the back of the net.

I am not complaining though as there will be more games to play and a lot to contribute for the team.”

Downs play Cape Town City on the coming weekend down at the Athlone Stadium. Kick-off is set for 20:00.

CAF Super Cup: Mamelodi Sundowns v TP Mazembe

Mamelodi Sundowns have lifted silverware again in the form of the CAF Super Cup after defeating TP Mazembe 1-0 at the Loftus Versveld Stadium.

Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento converted from the penalty spot after Hlompho Kekana was fouled in the 80th minute. The results see Sundowns lift the silverware as the Super Cup champions.

Pitso Mosimane and his troops now become the second team in South Africa to lift the continental trophy after Orlando Pirates in 1996 when they beat JS Kabylie of Algeria.

The teams were lined-up as follows:

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman, Mabunda, Kekana, T Zwane (Vilakazi 90+3′), Laffor, Billiat, Tau

TP Mazembe: Gbohouo, Issama, Kimwaki, Coulibaly, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei, Kalaba (A Traore 80′), Asante, Malango, Elia (Mputu 58′)

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Teko Modise has given praise to his teammates at Mamelodi Sundowns stating that the energy, persistence and hard work is really evident in their play.

“When things come together it is great to see. The team is doing well and we bagged another three points on Saturday with a great performance.

This is due to the hard work that all the players are doing and we must not forget to thank the coach as well as his technical team. Moreover we must give praise were it is due. The youngsters in the team are making the team tick and as a unit we are all making a difference.

Asked if he thinks that they may be at the top of the table should they win the games in hand, he chose to be neutral in response.

“The points are there to be taken but not without a fight. No one knows the future and we have to live each day as it comes. So that also applies to the matches in hand. We take a game at a time and if we get all points great, if not then life goes on.”

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Teko Modise and Mamelodi Sundowns gained three points against Bloemfontein Celtic as they made a return to action in the Absa Premiership.

The 1-0 victory sees the Brazilians move fifth on the log having just played ten matches and collecting twenty two points. With six games in hand it is more than possible to see the defending champions and African champions take pole position should they collect all the available points.

Modise is not counting his chicken before the eggs hatch though as he warns of points not yet collected.

“It is one thing to be excited about the games we have in hand. One can always start counting the points to see a positive light in our heads but the reality remains what it is. We have not collected those points yet.

We recently won our fixture against Celtic and that is a good start. The works remains though, we have to make use of the chance we have to collect valuable points. The team is fit and ready for action.”

Sundowns next face Orlando Pirates in what will be a match to spectate. Ever exciting it will be. The match is scheduled for a 15:30 start at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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Keagan Dolly recently made a move away from Mamelodi Sundowns to French League One side Montpellier HSC and Teko Modise says young South African players can draw positives from it.

“Keagan Dolly has done well for both his club and his country. It is about time that he takes on a bigger challenge and congratulations to him.

I think that South African players must come to the attention that they can represent their country in the best leagues in the world. It is possible. We see it all over the world where young players are making debuts for big teams.

This must act as an inspiration for upcoming players. One can be sure that we will see more of such moves by SA players. The sky is the limit.”

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The Nedbank Cup is set to kick-start in March 03 as the draw was done in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Only two teams have been squared with their fellow league participants. Maritzburg United will take on Golden Arrows while Free State Stars take on Highlands Park.

Interesting encounters between the top flight league and the SAFA League sides will be Orlando Pirates vs EC Bees and Mamelodi Sundowns vs Mariveni United from Giyani, Limpopo.

The National First Division and the PSL has drawn defending champions Supersport United and Royal Eagles. Kaizer Chiefs have drawn Cape Town based side Stellenbosch FC.

Below is the complete draw:

Platinum Stars v AmaZulu

EC Bees v Orlando Pirates

Mamelodi Sundowns v Mariveni United

FC Cape Town v Baroka FC

Free State Stars v Highlands Park

Cape Town All Stars v Bidvest Wits

Chippa United v Witbank Spurs

Buya Msuthu v Bloemfontein Celtic

Golden Arrows v Marizburg United

Polokwane City v African All Stars

Royal Eagles v SuperSport United

Jomo Cosmos v United Rovers

Stellenbosch FC v Kaizer Chiefs

Acornbush v Cape Town City

KwaDukuza United v Ajax Cape Town

Days FC v Mbombela United

 

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Mamelodi Sundowns hopes of raching a further stage in the FIFA Club World Cup have been dealt a blow as they lost their quarter final match 2-0 against Kashima Antlers.

Teko Modise says it is a learning curve for the team and that the experience will go a long way in the portfolios of the players, the technical team and the rest of the people from South Africa.

“Look it was sad that we lost. We obviously did not want to come here and lose. We played against a good team that deserves to be here as much as we do. Luck was just not on our side with the game being of two halves.

They got chances and they scored and that is football at the end of the day. But I believe that the experience will go a long way in giving the players and the technical stuff credit in their CV’s. Not only that but this may also show all South Africans that a lot is possible if we work hard and believe.

Can you imagine if this was something all the PSL teams constantly participate in year in and out? It would sky rocket the value of our league and quality of football in our country. This is a learning curve for all of us.”

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Mamelodi Sundowns senior player Teko Modise has not seen much game time recently but believes the team is where it needs to be and everything has a purpose.

“The team comes first and our contribution to the team as players is what we have to put ahead. The team is doing great and all the players are coming to the stage. Everyone is important and when called upon we have to deliver. That time always comes,” Modise says.

Downs have a lot of games to play including the trip to Japan in December. This can only be a strategic plan by Pitso Mosimane of rotating the squad in such a way that they get the best results in all games.

“We have a good coach who knows what he is doing. Look at the results the team is getting. Look at the rotation of players and look at the performance. So we have to trust in the coach and keep our eyes focused on giving our best and supporting each other as a team,” concluded the general.

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Teko Modise has commented on the challenge Mamelodi Sundowns face as they prepare to take on a determined Zamalek side in their own backyard.

“It will be a match to remember. There is a lot to take from it and history will be written whatever the result is,” Modise said.

Commanding a 3-0 lead Downs will be looking to finish off what they started in South Africa in the first leg of the encounter. Asked if the team is worried about complacency, Modise states that there is no ground for any complacency.

“Once again there is a job to do. We are soccer players and have some soccer to play. There will be nothing but our desire to do what we are there to do. It is in our hands and we as a team must stick to the plan and execute it without fault. It will be a match to remember.”

Sundowns will face Zamalek in a CAF Champions League final second leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria this weekend.