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
“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.