Jerry Tshabalala reflects on Mamelodi Sundowns’ ruthless start to title defence
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Jerry Tshabalala has downplayed his side’s blistering start to their CAF Women’s Champions League title defence following Thursday’s thrashing of Wadi Degla at Grand Stade de Marrakech.
The Brazilians made it two wins in two matches in a row at the start of their Morocco 2022 campaign by beating the North African champions 5-0 in Marrakech, following up on their 2-1 opening hard-fought triumph over Nigerian side Bayelsa Queens.
In 2021, Sundowns had managed one goal per game in their group stage campaign en route to their title glory in Egypt, this time, they have rampantly notched seven from just two games.
When asked what has possibly changed, ‘Kappa’ as popularly called, attributed the improvements, notably in terms of goalscoring to the new data analyst on his technical crew.
“We haven’t changed that much, there’s nothing that we’ve changed. I still believe that in terms of system, we still operating the same system and yea you know, credit must go to our management in terms of their support,” Tshabalala told CAFOnline.com.
“The team in terms of what we managed to do and what we managed to achieve. Last year, it was not that we were not getting the chances but our only problem was converting them.
“So basically, the data analysis is helping us with information. We played too much on the ball, so we needed to see them play better, we also needed to be wiser in terms of how we played the games.
“Most of the times we played last year, we became too exposed in our own half, but this year, things have changed.”