Downs coach fired up
JOHAN Neeskens has given his Mamelodi Sundowns players a timely reminder that failure to defeat Tshwane rivals SuperSport United could hand Orlando Pirates a second title in a row tomorrow.
The league has already decided to only hand out the trophy on May 19, after the last round of matches, but Pirates could retain the title they won on the last day of last season, with a game to spare.
Pirates lead the log, two points ahead of Moroka Swallows and three ahead of Sundowns. All the matches tomorrow afternoon will kick off at 3pm.
Neeskens admitted yesterday that his players had made life difficult for themselves in their quest to be champions for the first time since 2007.
The Brazilians were seven points clear halfway through the season, but the coach said the Premier League would be dull if his side won the title with three matches to go.
Neeskens was philosophical about how things have turned out in his debut season in South Africa.
"It's football and things have been changing during the season," he explained. "We overtook SuperSport at the top in December and the same was done to us later on. We do realise now that things are no longer in our own hands, so we have to give our best in the last two games."
The Dutchman could still win a league and cup double as Sundowns face neighbours United again in the Nedbank Cup final on May 26.
Asked if he failed to win the league, how would he rate his first season in the Premiership, Neeskens said: "The board will decide how I have performed. But not winning the league would not make me or the others who don't win it bad coaches."
Fixtures tomorrow, all starting at 3pm:
Orlando: Pirates vs Celtic, Lucas Moripe: Sundowns vs SS United, Dobsonville: Moroka Swallows vs Platinum Stars, Cape Town Stadium: Ajax Cape Town vs Lamontville Golden Arrows, Sinaba: Jomo Cosmos vs Maritzburg United, Charles Mopeli: Free Sate Stars vs Kaizer Chiefs and Moses Mabhida: AmaZulu vs Santos.