Sundowns wary of Chippa United threat


Sundowns will be in a confident mood after sweeping aside Richards Bay by a 4-0 margin in the Nedbank Cup on Friday.

The Brazilians are now set to switch their focus to solidify their position at the top of the league table against the Chilli Boys.

Sundowns currently sit atop of the standings with 44 points after 19 games so far this season.

Co-coach Rulani Mokwena says his team have already done their homework in identifying both the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents.

"Chippa United are a different proposition and are very interesting," Mokwena said.

"I think what has helped them is first the influence of Gavin Hunt cannot be taken out, we watched their game against Tuks and they were a bit unfortunate to concede the two goals.

"They have a very very clear style of play in the physicality that they have, the aggression in duels where Eva Nga and Thokozani Sekotlong press from the front.

“Roscoe Pietersen is critical for them and [Sandile] Mthethwa is very important for them too.

[They are] a team that looks like they have gone to another level. It should be a very interesting game for us because it means we are going to have to work very very hard to get the ball from them. We need the ball to be able to show our qualities.

”They can give us a lot of problems, but those problems are things that we have to deal with and in trying to manage their patterns of play that look to be really improving.

"It’s a game that we are looking forward to, two days after our last match with a bit of travelling for us, which speaks to our regeneration and recovery – but we will be prepared."

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Pavol Safranko meanwhile remains doubtful for Monday's league clash due to an injury over the weekend.