Matsatsantsa won’t take wounded Downs for granted

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SuperSport United will be hoping to compound the woes of Mamelodi Sundowns and catapult themselves high up in the race for the Absa Premiership championship.

SuperSport, who trail Kaizer Chiefs by 11 points, are third with 31 points while Sundowns are second with 32 points.

SuperSport United veterans Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels say they will be out to amass three points at the expense of Sundowns and find consistency in the league race to be considered proper contenders.

“We are in a good position. We feel our position could be better in terms of our points. Precisely we are there and we want to be on that right till the end. That means we have to be consistent in our performances. Until we put on that really good run of consecutive wins, then we can really start considering ourselves proper contenders. That’s what is going to be a determining factor in our season. Whether we can go on a run of four, five straight wins. That’s the real consistency we are looking for at this moment,” said Furman.

“I don’t think what happened to Sundowns on Wednesday has relevance, probably it gives them motivation to go out there and get a win because we are all chasing down the leaders. On a back of a defeat as we did against Chippa, you gotta come out fighting. What’s key for us trying to close the gap is to try and find a run of win and we keep getting ourselves into position after the victory against Chiefs.”

SuperSport meet Sundowns, who are limping after a 1-0 to Orlando Pirates, in the Tshwane derby at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville this afternoon (15:30).

The loss is a massive setback for Pitso Mosimane’s men, who have been toe-to-toe with log leaders Chiefs. Daniels cautions Sundowns could come out with guns blazing in the Tshwane derby.

“We want to compete this weekend and show that we are challenging for something. To top it off three points will do. The game is going to be end to end stuff. Sundowns have a quality team. One loss against Pirates, I don’t think that will put them down. They are a strong enough team. One of the best teams in Africa. They played well against Pirates. It wasn’t a push over. It was only 1-0. We have to go there and perform,” said Daniels.

If SuperSport are to throw themselves in the mix for the title race, they will have to deal with their inconsistencies. Sundowns will be looking to revive their title aspirations with a win.

The Tshwane derby has always produced goals and it’s expected to provide another spectacle.

By Hosea Ramphekwa 

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