Absa Premiership

Downs seek revenge

2014-12-10 11:36
Mamelodi Sundowns (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns will hope to continue their winning run when they travel to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night for an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium.

READ: Malajila, Schut boost for Downs.

The South African football giants are meeting for the second time this season following the 3-0 win for the hosts in August.

However, the visitors will look to revenge the loss and get a win as they target to close the gap between them and log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs. They trail Amakhosi by 13 points while the Buccaneers are sitting at position nine with 18 points.

The Brazilians will be motivated by the fact that they’re fresh from a convincing back-to-back wins over SuperSport United and Free State Stars, while the Sea Robbers are still licking their wounds from their losses to Maritzburg United and Chiefs respectively.

Pirates stand in coach Eric Tinkler said this is a difficult game and it’s important for them to bounce back against the Tshwane side.

“Another difficult game, it is quite important for us to try and bounce back from the result against Chiefs over the weekend,” said Tinkler.

“It’s important for us to see a better performance from the players, fortunately in facing Sundowns, no player will need any extra motivation.

“It is one of the big games in our calendar and the players relish playing in these type of games - we obviously need to get out of this lull and find our comfort zone again.

“So yeah we know that if we do well against Sundowns then that could turn around our season.”

Nevertheless, to the Brazilians’ midfield maestro, Hlompho Kekana, their previous two wins means they have turned the corner.

"It's good we won against SuperSport United and then Free State Stars, we needed these wins to boost our confidence,” said Kekana.

“We have been playing well and creating a lot of chances, but have been failing to score and, now that we have scored five goals in two games it shows that we have turned the corner.

"We should just continue playing our game and results will continue coming our away."

Kick-off is 7:30pm.


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