ABSA Premiership action resumes this weekend following a break which handed players and coaches an opportunity of being with their families for festive celebrations.
Mamelodi Sundowns head into the weekend’s encounters at the summit of PSL standings. Masandawana are however on top only on goal difference as they their 26 points tally is similar to that of Bidvest Wits.
Sundowns however appear to have an upper hand and are odds on favourites to clinch the 2015/2016 PSL crown.
Stability could be essential for Mamelodi Sundowns after hanging onto key players with the exception of Nyasha Mushekwi who was clearly not in Pitso Mosimane’s plans. Continuity could thus be a telling factor for Sundowns given their adversaries Bidvest Wits have been busy during the transfer window where they have brought in James Keene and Bongani Khumalo.
Experience could prove to be a key ingredient for Mamelodi Sundowns who have been able to balance between a fairly young generation and players who have seen it all. The likes of Surprise Moriri, Teko Modise and Anthony Laffor could be key for the Brazilians pursuit for glory.
Tough encounters often call for individual brilliance and game changers such as Khama Billiat will always be an asset to any club. In the event Khama can stay fit for as long as possible, he could prove instrumental in Sundowns pursuit for the ABSA premiership crown.
In the 2013/2014 season Mamelodi Sundowns conquered but Masandawana lost their crown the following season. Having previously won the PSL title in recent times could help propel the Brazilians who have been in similar positions of late.
The Pitso factor
Despite competing against an equally shrewd coach in the form of Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane appears to have found a winning formula at Sundowns. Though regarded by some as arrogant, Pitso has over the years to be a well organised coach that has the ability to build championship winning sides.