Mamelodi Sundowns’ experienced defender Wayne Arendse is adamant that the Tshwane giants will not be taking minnows EC Bees for granted in their Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash on Tuesday evening.
Sundowns, who are currently top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table and have a shot at a potential league and cup double this season, come up against a side who are fighting it out in the wilderness of South African football's lower leagues.
However, the job will be made a little more difficult as head coach Pitso Mosimane will not be able to lead his troops as he has left for Morocco where he is set to receive his Caf Pro Licence.
He has however, left Sundowns in the capable hands of assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi and the rest of the technical team, who according to Arendse, are well equipped ahead of the game.
“Congratulations to the coach. He is stepping up his career. In terms of the match, the coaches that are around have done the job before,” Arendse told The New Age.
“The assistant coach and the other coaches know what to do. If we do things the way we normally do, then I don’t see us having any problems,” Arendse explained.
Furthermore, Arendse has expressed the Brazilians’ readiness for the game which will be played at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
“We only know that they (the EC Bees) are in the ABC Motsepe League. We have some footage of them when they played Mariveni in the last game. We identified their strengths and weaknesses. A good team on the ball,” he added.
“We are not taking them lightly. We are going there to win the match convincingly. Lower leagues always want to impress and show what they about. We must show what we are about also,” he concluded.