Absa Premiership

Mabunda: We have been in this situation before

2018-04-06 12:47
Tiyani Mabunda. (BackpagePix).

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda says his side will not panic despite the pressure coming from Orlando Pirates in the race for the Absa Premiership title.

Both teams won their Wednesday matches to take the league race to the wire in the remaining games, and Mabunda understands the Brazilians cannot afford to put a foot wrong going forward.

Percy Tau and Khama Billiat scored the two goals to hand Sundowns a 2-0 win over Chippa United on Wednesday night while Pirates defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1.

The Brazilians are at the top of the standings with 46 points after 24 games while Bucs sit in second position, a point behind, although they have played one more game than Sundowns.

Mabunda told SuperSport: “The games that are remaining for us are not going to be easy and we know many people are after our heads.

“But we have been in this situation before and we are looking forward to going all the way.”

The Bafana Bafana midfielder added that they do not want to endure the pain the club went through losing the Premiership title to Wits last season.

Mabunda added: "You know last season we lost the title under a similar situation. I think we were too relaxed because we thought we had won it even before playing the matches.

“But we have since learnt from our mistakes and the coach has upped his game. He is pushing us to the level whereby we know we are responsible for everything that happens.

“Yes, we have been in this situation before and we have played many games.

“Many people always complain about fatigue, but it’s all in the mind. We have a strong technical team that is managing our legs very well and we are cautions going forward, but we are ready for action.”

The Brazilians are up against Baroka FC on April 8, Sunday at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
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Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
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Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
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