Mamelodi Sundowns have to take care of Bloemfontein Celtic’s fearless and relentless attack if they are to amass maximum points when the two-side battle at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night. Kickoff at 19:00.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his men have to be cautious of the young and efficient attackers from Bloemfontein as they can pose danger and put a spanner in the works for the ‘Brazilians’, who have their sights on catching up with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Mosimane’s boys are third on the Absa Premiership table with 38 points, trail Chiefs by seven points. Orlando Pirates are second with 39 points.
“At this point in time in the league any game is difficult because you can’t say you can win the game. You have got to work for it. It’s not easy. You are playing a team that is fearless. Celtic is fearless. They attack. They never sit back. They will go at you and attack you,” said Mosimane.
“Sometimes when teams come to us, they don’t attack the way they are supposed to attack. They are cautious, and they start playing more defenders or more midfielders. You never know, what a good team of youngsters on the wingers. They have lot of speed on the wings. They can do anything, “said Mosimane.
Mosimane knows that anything less than victory will do their title aspirations no good. The Downs mentor singled out Celtic forward Ndumiso Mabena, who will lead the attack, as a man his defence must pay attention to.
“Why not? When they attack, they can put four people in attack inside the box. We have got to be careful to play with teams that are fearless,” added ‘Jingles’.
“We need to play our own game. We need to play the way we always play. We need to be patient and find opportunities to score. It will be nice if we score first and early because normally when we score early the opponents change the plan and start to attack more.
“Sometimes it gives us opportunity to score the second goal. We will see how it goes,” concluded the former Bafana Bafana coach.
Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango, who limped off when Downs defeated Chippa United by 3-0 on Saturday, is likely to make a comeback after he was taken off as a precaution for a tight hamstring.
By Hosea Ramphekwa