Sundowns ready to dim Stars in TKO

Mamelodi Sundowns take on Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday.

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JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns's Bongani Zungu says his time away with the national side can only help his performances with his club.

The midfielder and the Brazilians will be in Telkom Knockout (TKO) action on Saturday against Platinum Stars and the player has admitted that the time with the national team has improved him as a player.

"Being with Bafana has helped me a lot as a young player to gain confidence to do well for Sundowns because the pressure in the Bafana team and Sundowns is almost similar."

The team is performing well in the league and is one of the favourites in the TKO, something that Zungu attributed to great management by Pitso Mosimane.

"Pitso is a very good coach, he knows football. He has laid a foundation of a winning mentality in every player."

Fellow striker Kathlego Mashego has denied reports that the team has been given a mandate of winning the league and a cup by the board.

"I don't think anybody has to tell us what to do or give us a mandate. We have a lot of experience in the team, mixed with young quality players, so our plan is to make sure we win."

The Brazilians have not won a major title since 2008.

Meanwhile, for Platinum Stars the Telkom Knockout Cup represents a chance to add to their MTN 8 win.

Patrick Molokasi has praised Coach Alan Freese for giving his side confidence in their quest to win more trophies.

"The coach just continued on what we were doing from last season and it has been working for us. We want to continue doing well as a team."

Both teams approach this game having won convincingly in their previous games in the TKO last 16. The match starts at 7pm at Moruleng Stadium.