There will be no room to error for neither Mamelodi Sundowns nor Bidvest Wits in their quest to challenge Kaizer Chiefs for the Absa Premiership title.
Sundowns and Wits trail Chiefs, the log leaders with 35 points, by four points and nine points respectively. The two sides will be out to amass maximum points tonight when they clash at Loftus Versfeld, where the winner would reinforce their mission to knock Amakhosi off their perch.
“More than anything it’s going to be a game of small margins,” Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana told FARPost.
Kekana, whose side is second on the league table with 31 points, is not expecting a walk in the park when PSL champions host Gavin Hunt’s men. The last time the two sides met they shared spoils.
This time around both sides are high on confidence following their wins over the weekend, where Sundowns hammered AmaZulu 3-0 and Wits beat Stellenbosch 2-0. Downs skipper is confident Pitso Mosimane’s charges will emerge victorious on Tuesday night.
“The AmaZulu win was very important. We are a team that is determined to play and win all the games. It’s important to get maximum points in our matches. One of the challenges when playing Wits is that they defend very well. They love to play and we have to be careful of their strikers because they love to score goals.
“More than anything it’s a going to be a game of small margins. It’s going to be tough for us but we will be determined to win,” said Kekana.
Though Wits are fourth on the table with 26 points they have three games in hand which can change things at the top of the table. Hunt refuses to succumb to the temptation of counting his chickens before they hatch.
“Games in hand? We don’t think like that. We don’t worry about that. We just worry about the next game. We can’t think about how many games we have in hand. We just keep going. We are looking forward to the game. It’s an important game. There are about three teams on top of the table. It’s always going to be an important game seeing that we are so far away from Chiefs,” said Hunt.
Hunt’s men have been impressive in defence since they have conceded the lowest number of goals – nine, in the league this season. However their striker force has not been as impressive. They will have to be lethal if they are to get anything against Sundowns.
“We create chances. It’s a matter of converting the chances. We create and the team works hard without the ball so that’s the most important thing,” said Hunt.
By Hosea Ramphekwa