Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise believes that his team is thoroughly prepared for what will be a critical month of football in February.
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Sundowns are currently 15 points behind Kaizer Chiefs in the Premiership standings and it therefore goes without saying that the Brazilian need to hit the ground running when the season resumes next month.
Matters will also be complicated by the team’s presence in the Nedbank Cup and CAF Champions League, which also get underway next month.
Modise thinks that both aspects have been adequately addressed during their preparations in the extended mid-term break.
"So far we have been training like soldiers preparing for world war three," said Modise.
"It has been hectic and I think that the energy and effort the boys are showing is impressive. The spirit at the camp is jolly and everyone looks to be getting in shape."
The next assignment for Sundowns will be a home Premiership fixture against Moroka Swallows and that will be followed by two Champions League matches against St Michel United.
Then there is the small matter of a Nedbank Cup encounter against Thanda Royal Zulu, who are not to be trifled with under any circumstances.
"We have no more than two weeks before the season resumes. I think the fans will be looking at the PSL fixtures as the local football is soon to return," added Modise.
"The pressure of the League including the domestic cup competitions will be immense.
“The Nedbank Cup is drawing near as all the fixtures, venues and dates have been set. We will be taking on Thanda Zulu Royal from the National First Division on the 27 February 2015.
"The match is scheduled to take place at the Loftus Versveld Stadium which is a home advantage for us. In between the League and the Nedbank Cup we also have the CAF Champions League to participate in.
“So it will be a busy few months when we get back into action."