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05 May 2014 16:08
Teko Modise tries to forget his time at SuperSport United. (Gallo)
Emotions will be high when Mamelodi Sundowns tackle
SuperSport United in a Premiership fixture at Loftus Versveld on Tuesday, says
The Sundowns midfielder said
the players were excited to be only one game away from lifting the league
trophy. “It’s one of those
games where it’s going to be very emotional because we know the importance of
it,” Modise said on Monday. “We know what can
happen if we win it or what can happen if we lose it.
We’re just one game
away from realising our dream and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”
league titles in 2006 and 2007, Sundowns were on the verge of wrapping up their
first Premiership title in seven years.
Pitso Mosimane’s side lead
defending champions Kaizer Chiefs by four points with two games left.
A win on
Tuesday would see Sundowns lift the trophy, regardless of Chiefs’ outcome
against the University of Pretoria in Nelspruit.
Should the Brazilians only
manage a draw against SuperSport, Mosimane’s troops will have to rely on their
younger brothers at Tuks to hold Amakhosi to a draw.
But with a tricky SuperSport
United – who themselves have plenty to play for and will be looking to secure
a top eight finish – lying in wait, Mosimane may not have it all his own way
Chiefs will hope SuperSport
do them a favour by beating the Brazilians, which would take the season down to
the final weekend.
Mosimane, who began his
Premier Soccer League (PSL) career along with Modise at SuperSport United, said
he had mixed feelings heading into Tuesday’s game.
“It’s an emotional
feeling because we both started our Premiership careers at SuperSport
United,” Mosimane said.
“You have that soft
Try to forget
“There’s lots of
history there. [But] we moved on with our lives and that was then. It’s an
on/off switch, you try to forget and we’re trying to make new history at
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter,
who all but gave up the chase to defend the title last week, believed the
Amakhosi could still take plenty of positives from their difficult season –
where the Glamour Boys also missed out on defending their Nedbank Cup title
over the weekend.
“I think the players
have done an unbelievable job in very trying circumstances,” Baxter said.
“We, the same as our
supporters, want silverware and when you don’t get it, you’re both disappointed
There have been a lot
of positives. I think if you had been a Kaizer Chiefs supporter this season,
you’ve had a lot to shout about.”
At the other end of the
table, bottom-placed Golden Arrows travel across town to meet fellow Durban
side AmaZulu, with nothing less than a win able to keep them in the race to
Four points ahead of Arrows
and second from last, Free State Stars host Orlando Pirates, while Polokwane
City, in 14th position, are at home to Moroka Swallows.
Two points separate City and
Stars and three points for either side could almost guarantee them Premiership
status next season.
Meanwhile, PSL’s head of
communications Lux September said on Monday the trophy would only be handed out
at the end of the season.
“Even if a club has
mathematically won before May 10, the trophy will not be handed over straight
away. We will not be handing out the trophy [on Tuesday].”
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United (Loftus Versfeld), University of Pretoria
v Kaizer Chiefs (Mbombela Stadium), AmaZulu v Golden Arrows (Moses Mabhida
Stadium), Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates (Charles Mopeli Stadium),
Bloemfontein Celtic v Ajax Cape Town (Free State Stadium), Polokwane City v
Moroka Swallows (Old Peter Mokaba Stadium), Wits v Maritzburg United (Bidvest
All matches kick off at 7.30pm. – Sapa
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