Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane says his charges need to beat Orlando Pirates to ensure they keep the pressure on Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Second-placed Masandawana trail Amakhosi by nine points and Mosimane knows it's vital to get his team back to their top form or risk falling further behind.
A positive for the Brazilians is the fact that they have qualified from their CAF Champions League group already, which means they can focus their attention squarely on the battle for domestic honours.
The defending league champions will travel to Orlando Stadium to take on the Buccaneers on Wednesday night.
"We have to do something about our league situation. We now have some breathing space after qualifying with two games to spare and have to channel our energy towards catching up with Chiefs," Mosimane told the media as quoted by DailySun.
"But Pirates didn't play this weekend and have been patiently waiting for us. You know it's not easy when you play against the well-rested teams. We don't run the same race."
"There are bragging rights to play for and the supporters demand the three points. If you want to win the league you have to beat Pirates," he added.
"They have a new coach, but the same old players. The stadium will be full.
"I just hope that we don't miss too many chances because I know that we can create plenty of chances - we also have a great squad."
- TeamTalk Media