Given the current form of Mamelodi Sundowns and their head-to-head showdown against Maritzburg United, which has dominated this game in the last 10 league games, Clayton Daniels is aware that the Team of Choice has its back against the wall as they prepare for a DStv Premiership tie with the defending champions on Saturday night.
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“Nobody expects us to beat Sundowns, but we have to fight and we have to take advantage of our home games and we have to leave everything on the pitch. We are playing against a team that is very confident, they just won 3-0 and also had a big win in the Café Champions League last week,” said Daniels.
“They are an all round quality team, it doesn’t matter who they play against, you can always expect a talented team. We have no choice but to improve our game and show them that we want the points too, we will give it to them.” We are far from safe, but if we can get five wins from the remaining games, we can survive. We have to fight to get maximum points in our home games and we will have a chance to survive,” he added ready.
United lost their last game against the Golden Arrows in the KwaZulu-Natal derby about a week ago, leaving them just four points from the automatic relegation spot. Downs coach Manqoba Mngqithi is wary of taking on a struggling side and wouldn’t want them to turn their fortunes around at the expense of his Masandawana side.
“These injured teams can be very dangerous. Maritzburg hasn’t been at its best and we wouldn’t want them to come back to us. But our players understand how important it is to give their best and give the respect it takes. Our journey is still very long and we have a great responsibility to proudly represent our badge. This title is far from being achieved, but we are not too focused on that, we are focusing more on what we always do better, our performance,” said Mngqithi.