The Team of Choice face the Brazilians in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night (19H30 kick off).
Maritzburg go into the match boosted by two wins last week – 4-2 against Cape Town City and 3-0 against Baroka FC.
“It was a relief for us when the whistle against Cape Town City blew and finally we had scored and we had won. And when it came to Friday’s game, we carried on the same performance and were won again,” said Mekoa.
“So that was a big uplift for us as players and for the technical team and for the fans too. The team spirit is high and everybody is fighting and doing good, a real team effort.”
The 24-year-old, in his fourth season with the club and an ever-present in the team this season, understands however that it’s important for everyone to keep their feet on the ground and remain level-headed and focussed.
“The coach was always saying that we are going to win and when we win, we will score more goals and that showed on Tuesday and Friday. Now we plan to continue scoring and playing our football.
“We can take confidence, but we are not going to be over-confident or relaxed. We have got keep pushing so we can end the year in a good position, we must stay away from complacency.
“The coach keeps on telling us that we mustn’t be complacent and to get too carried away when we are winning, like at the start of the season we won a couple of games and were on top of the log. I think maybe we got too relaxed and then we dropped back down,” Mekoa explained.
The United midfielder is looking forward to the challenge of playing against what is arguably South Africa’s top team and is hopeful of sneaking a result.
“I watched their game against Arrows and it’s going to be a tough game. They won the last couple of their games and we won our last couple of games so it’s going to be a good game and probably a tight affair. We’ll be trying our best to get three points, or at least a point away from home.
“They do have lots of quality in the squad and they have turned the corner. Come Wednesday I think we are going to see fireworks. End of the day we want it badly so we can close on a good note.”
Maritzburg beat the Brazilians in Pretoria earlier this season, winning their opening MTN8 match 1-0 with a goal from Evans Rusike.
Head coach Fadlu Davids however shares Mekoa’s sentiments as to the size of the challenge ahead.
“Sundowns are the best team in the league by far, nobody will catch them, they have won the league already, it’s theirs. Yes SuperSport can win their games in hand, but I still believe its Sundowns. They are by far the best team in the league, the best team in Africa.”
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