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Neeskens ready to prove critics wrong



Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens says his side is ready for the Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday, before taking another dig at the club’s detractors.

Neeskens believes his side have been unfairly criticised for their performances this season, especially in the media, and says his side are getting better as the campaign goes on.

"The performance in training has been good," he says. "We lost a lot of games in the beginning of the season but we have improved. I make mistakes, my players make mistakes, We are all human.

"[But] We need to be given more credit than we are getting. We have done well to reach the final. Some of you [assembled journalists] have never kicked a ball in your lives but you keep on criticising us.”

Neeskens dismissed the notion that Saturday could be a turning point for his side, and says he has no nerves going into the decider.

"Every game is a turning point, If you play in the final then you will always want to win. We don't have any nerves, I don't have any nerves."

Reminded of his statement earlier in the season that if he did not win a trophy this year at Sundowns he would step down, he says it is far too early to discuss that and that the criticism he has received has not changed his approach.

"I said that if we do not win any trophy this season, then I will step down. It is still too early. I am not going to change, I am the same person. Whether we win or not I am still the same person.”

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