Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana says spirits are high in the team ahead of their decisive clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday (6pm).
Downs secured a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows on Monday after being winless since the start of the Absa Premiership programme in the PSL bio-bubble three weeks ago.
Before the win, the defending champions had played three draws and a lost once in the league. They will face Chiefs in a potential title-defining match at the Orlando Stadium.
“The result against Arrows was a relief. We were not doing well as a team and tried so much to get points but were not getting the goals,” Kekana said.
“We now understand the nature of these games. We have been in this space for so long now. The match against Chiefs is one we must take care of business. We have to take one game at a time. We have to make sure we win the match.
“We have the right frame of mind after winning the Arrows match. It was a real morale booster for us and I think we stand a chance of doing well.”
Chiefs have 53 points, three ahead of Downs. Both teams have four games remaining.
A favourable result for Sundowns will bring them level with Amakhosi. It is for this reason that Downs coach Pitso Mosimane doesn’t think the match is a title decider.
“I don’t think it’s the title decider, the way I know this thing. Sometimes the title might be [decided] on the last match. I always say you don’t value a point.
“We might not even win against Chiefs. Of course, we want to win. Mathematically, the league is not [going to be] won on Thursday. This thing [title race] still has a heartbeat. We have to buckle up. We are all feeling the pressure and stress.
“It’s football in the bubble. It’s survival of the fittest. If you sit back against us then we will find a way.”
The game at Orlando Stadium kicks off at 6pm.
- In Thursday’ other fixture, Bloemfontein Celtic host Bidvest Wits in an early kick-off at 3.30pm.
Wits still have a mathematical chance in the title race, provided they win all their remaining matches.