18 May 2018 – The University of Johannesburg will be the centre of attraction this Saturday, 19 May as the Sasol League roadshow heads to Johannesburg this weekend with eight mouth-watering fixtures lined up.
Second from the bottom,VUT TC faces the inform JVW at 11h00 while Croesus tackles Hallelujah Zebra Force at the same time. Soweto Fabulous will be hoping to climb up the ladder when they tackle Palace Super Falcons while Springs Home Sweepers faces the unpredictable NWU Vaal, both these matches kick off at 13h00.
However, the match of the day is without a doubt between the two Tshwane giants, Mamelodi Sundowns and TUT FC. TUT currently top the log standings with 21 points after winning all their seven matches but their crosstown rivals are hot on their heels with 15 points with two games to spare alongside JVW who will also be hoping to secure a victory against VUT and keep their title hopes alive.
Speaking to SAFA.net this week, Mamelodi Sundowns forward, Rhoda Mulaudzi said the clash against TUT will be a tough one as both sides boast Banyana Banyana players who play good football.
“It definitely wont be easy playing against TUT. Both teams have been finding the back of the net which means fans will see some good football on Saturday. They have a score to settle against us because we beat them recently in a final and they have only beaten us twice while we have had the upper hand in the rest of the fixtures. Half of their squad plays for Banyana Banyana so that in itself tells you of the quality they possess” said Mulaudzi.
TUT will be looking to the likes of Banyana Banyana vice-captain, Refiloe Jane to unlock the stubborn Sundowns defense that is yet to concede a goal this season after five matches while they have let in two in their last seven fixtures.
Another important reason for TUT to get all three points is that they face fellow title contenders, JVW next week in an away fixture which will be a tough mountain to climb for the club from the nation’s capital. JVW are third on the log after winning all their opening five matches.
Asked on whether it’s a concern playing against her national team teammates, Mulaudzi was quick to point out that they should not focus on what they know about their opponents because they may come with a different game plan on the day.
“They obviously know us, and we know them well so it makes it a bit tricky but we can’t rely on what we know about them. We should rather focus on our game plan and our strengths because they might plan differently from what we know about them. It will be a great game and people will certainly see good football” concluded Mulaudzi.