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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Surprise Moriri believes the recently ended international break may have been what the doctor ordered for his team against Golden Arrows on Saturday

Prior to the break, Sundowns were embattled with fans calling for the sacking of coach Johan Neeskens, whose side has the record of one win and two losses so far in the Absa Premiership this season. Poor performances and a leaky defence have been a source of concern for Sundowns.

Veteran midfielder Moriri says they used the two week break to sort out their problems.

“We have prepared well. The international break gave us a chance to work on some of the things with the coach,” said the former Bafana Bafana midfielder, whose side will meet Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening at 18:00.

Moriri, who is in his ninth year with Sundowns, is expecting a tough encounter against Arrows, who has also had an undesirable start this season. Arrows, who lost twice and drawn once, will be looking for their first win of this season against Sundowns.  

“It’s not going to be easy. If you check Arrows, they haven’t started well so it’s going to be a difficult game. We really need results because in the last three league games we only collected three points. We just need three points especially from this game,” said Moriri.

With Sundowns players known to be top earners in the PSL, expectations are always high on the men coached by Neeskens to deliver good results week in and week out. However in the last match, Sundowns supporters turned against coach Neeskens calling for him to be axed after Maritzburg United beat the Brazilians at home.

Now a darling of Sundowns fans, Moriri, 32, has urged those rallying behind the five-time PSL champions to come out in numbers for tomorrow’s clash.

“We understand the supporters are not happy. Not that we owe them but we need to do our best for the team. We ask the supporters to rally behind us because this is the time where we need them to be with us,” said the 2007 PSL Player of the Season.  

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