Title chasing Sundowns target Leopards scalp

Denis Onyango (Gallo Images)
Denis Onyango (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Relegation-threatened Black Leopards and title chasing Mamelodi Sundowns meet in what appears a must-win game for both sides in Tuesday's Premiership clash at Thohoyandou Stadium.

Leopards are in free-fall in the league having lost four of their last five matches, including a demoralising loss to bottom club Maritzburg United last Saturday.

As such, Lidoda Duvha are in all kinds of trouble near the relegation zone as they currently occupy 14th position - two points clear of Chippa United in 15th and three points clear of United in 16th.

In addition, it appears tensions are high in Leopards' dressing room. During the 2-1 defeat to the Team of Choice goalkeeper King Ndlovu had an argument with fellow players as he wanted to take an attacking free-kick.

Meanwhile, after the final whistle Ndlovu reportedly told coach Dylan Kerr to: 'F**k off' for an undisclosed reason.

Nonetheless, while Kerr is unhappy with the situation in the Limpopo Province - he believes Sundowns' tired legs could give his team an advantage.

Downs only returned from Morocco on Saturday following Friday's CAF Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Wydad Casablanca.

Kerr said: "Sundowns will be tired as well when they come here, from their traveling..."

The encounter is a must-win for the Brazilians as they are three points behind leaders Orlando Pirates, and it is the team's game-in-hand.

In team news, it is unclear whether Ndlovu will be benched after his altercation with Kerr. For Downs, coach Pitso Mosimane is likely to play his full-strength side.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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