Local News 27.7.2016 11:32 am

Sundowns look to finish top of Group B

Thabo Nthethe of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Thabo Nthethe of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns are the only team to have not dropped points in both groups of the Caf Champions League, which has made them the team to beat.

Thabo Nthethe, who has been carrying the weight of the team on his arm after the departure of then-captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele, says their impressive form has been piling up the pressure.

“It does put pressure on us, we have been winning our games and we do not want to drop the ball, we just want to continue winning because we know that if we continue to win, we know what we are going to get at the end of the tournament, so that is the mood that we want to take to the next game,” he said.

Last time out, Sundowns beat Zamalek 2-1 in their own backyard, with the home side’s goal coming from a defensive blunder by Nthethe, but the veteran defender says he has since put that behind him.

“I felt like I let the team down and I feel I should have communicated better with Denis Onyango, but going forward we just have to focus.

“The mood going forward is still the same, we still want to continue and make sure that we win our games and the guys are focused for this upcoming game. There is no time for us to relax.”

The duo hold the best defensive record so far, with only two goals conceded each. If Zamalek collect all three points tonight, Enyimba will be on the brink of elimination, but might turn their fortunes around if they win both their games against their adversaries – all teams would be tied on six points. Regardless of the mathematics, Mosimane seems to have already concluded that Masandawana are going to battle with the Egyptian giants for the top spot.

“I don’t see Enyimba beating them (Zamalek) in Cairo … I know anything is possible in football, but Enyimba must double their efforts. I have been watching them and following them in their league, and they are not free-flowing, same as Zamalek – they are not free-flowing,” said Mosimane.

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Celtic 1-2 Arrows
United 0-0 FS Stars
Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka

fixtures

Pirates vs Plat Stars
Maritzburg Utd vs P City
Highlands P vs CT City
Chiefs vs FS Stars

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 3 7
3 Bidvest Wits 3 7
4 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
5 Cape Town City 4 7
6 SuperSport United 4 5
7 Polokwane City 4 5
8 Chippa United 2 4
9 Platinum Stars 3 4
10 Baroka FC 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 4 4
12 Highlands Park 3 3
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1