Keletso Makgalwa will hope to be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns starting line-up in the Diski Shield final against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Mamelodi Sundowns’ B team coach David Notoane says that Keletso Makgalwa won’t merely walk back into the starting line-up if he’s available for their highly anticipated encounter against Kaizer Chiefs in the finals of the MultiChoice Diski Shield.

Makgalwa has been sparingly used in the first team since the end of the Diski Challenge.

Sundowns will play Chiefs at Makhulong Stadium this Saturday, with kickoff at 2.40pm, after beating Golden Arrows by 1-0 in the semi-finals, while Amakhosi outsmarted Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0.

“We cannot fix something that hasn’t been broken,” Notoane said during the team’s training session on Tuesday.

“We hope to have Makgalwa for the game, but at this moment, it hasn’t been conclusive that he’ll be available.

“But if he’s available, we’ll see how he fits in because it’s difficult – hence, he hasn’t played with the boys for some time now.”

He continued: “We know what his impact can be, and he’s also looking forward to contributing to the team.

“We are one programme (with the first team), and we welcome more experience and talent in the team that can help us clinch the title.”

After having scored eight goals in their four games of the Diski Shield, Notoane believes that his team can continue with their scoring spree against Amakhosi.

Subscribe to our free IOL Sport Newsletter

“We are a team that has an average of three goals per game since January,” he said. “This means that we have the capabilities to score goals, especially with return of Thabang (Sibanyoni), Keletso (Makgalwa) and Promise (Mkhuma) back to his best. 

“At Sundowns we play to attack, not to defend. Since we are an attack-minded institution, I always say to the boys, it’s always better to win the game by 5-4 than lose 1-0. That’s our game philosophy.

“Ideally, you want to keep a clean-sheet and shut the door, but it’s not always possible if you are attacking.”


IOL Sport