Pretoria – Big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns face yet another challenge to get back on track this weekend.
Sundowns, who went on a shopping spree during the transfer window, started the season on a high but were brought down in two recent matches.
The Brazilians opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in what many believed was an indication of how Pitso Mosimane’s side will fare this season.
However, Sundowns have not been able to take their game to another level. They have since registered a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows and shared the spoils with Platinum Stars and Ajax Cape Town. In position five, they are not far from the top, courtesy of the eight points they have garnered so far this season.
Saturday night something has to give if Sundowns are to strengthen their case as contenders for the Absa Premiership title this season.
It’s a tough task for them as they face formidable Bidvest Wits at Loftus Stadium. With Gavin Hunt at the helm, Wits will be no pushovers.
Sundowns will have to be at their best if they are to amass all the spoils. Sundowns defender Bryce Moon knows all about the dangers that might be posed by Wits tomorrow.
Moon, who spent last season at Wits, says he and his teammates have to be ruthless. “If we take our chances, we should get the maximum points. The other motivation for us is that, as a team, we are creating more than six chances a match. That’s a very good sign. To score, you must create but to win you must take your chances.”
Moon expects his former teammates and friends from Milpark to give Sundowns a run for their money. With players such as captain Sibusiso Vilakazi, Pappy Fatty and Tinashe Nengomasha, Wits have what it takes to compete pound for pound with the richly assembled Downs team.
“Every game will be difficult for Sundowns because every player from the opposition team is always motivated to play well against us. I know this because I’ve played against Sundowns with more than just three teams,” said the former SuperSport defender.
A win for Moon and his teammates could see Sundowns rise on the league standings. Moon says Sundowns are more about collecting points than a cosy place in the league standings.
“We will be focused on getting the maximum points, not topping the log. Yes, that’s a bonus because all the teams are ultimately playing to be number one, but the league is a marathon and not a sprint. We want to take it one game at a time and keep our feet on the ground,” said the former Bafana Bafana player.
As it is the norm, players usually raise their game when they play against their former teams. It’s likely to be the case with Moon facing his former club.
The right wing back says his desire is to see his club do well rather than his personal interests.
“It will not be only about me but the whole team. But coming up against your old team is always motivating. I’ll play against my old friends; any player would be pumped up to do well. I look forward to the match because I not only come up against my old teammates but also my former coach Gavin Hunt,” said the former Ajax player.
The match is likely to be an interesting battle as neither Mosimane nor Hunt want to lose against another.