Pressure on Sundowns as they take on ailing Chiefs

2012-05-02 11:37

The pressure is on Mamelodi Sundowns to beat Kaizer Chiefs in tonight’s Absa Premiership game.

After Orlando Pirates’ 2-1 victory over SuperSport United last night, Sundowns need a win over Amakhosi in order to return back to the summit of the table.

Pirates’ hard-fought victory, courtesy of captain Lucky Lekgwathi’s injury time winner, sent them back to the top of the log but a victory for the Brazilians will see them going back, due to their better goal difference.

So expect a lot of Pirates supporters to be rooting for Chiefs tonight as they want their neighbours to do them a big favour.

After losing three consecutive league games, pressure is on Chiefs’ caretaker coaches Doctor Khumalo and Donald Khuse to start collecting points.

Chiefs have not won a game since the sacking of coach Vladimir Vermezovic last month, having lost to Black Leopards, Santos and SuperSport United. They also lost to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup.

Losing five league games in a row will not go down well with Chiefs supporters, who have shown their anger by boycotting their games of late.

But the title chase is set to go down to the wire as Moroka Swallows, who play Black Leopards on Friday, and SuperSport United also have a chance of winning the title.

If it is interesting at the top, the fight to avoid the chop is also intensifying with time running out for Jomo Cosmos to start collecting points.

Another loss to Jomo Sono’s side against Platinum Stars tonight will all but condemn them to the National First Division.

Cosmos are at the bottom of the log with only 16 points to show for their efforts so far this season, with five games left.

Another relegation-threatened Santos, who host high-riding Free State Stars at Athlone, are also under pressure to collect maximum points as they are just four points ahead of Cosmos.

Other fixtures: Lamontville Golden Arrows vs Bidvest Wits (Princess Magogo); Bloemfontein Celtic vs Ajax Cape Town (Free State Stadium).

All matches kick off at 7.30pm

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