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Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

After their 3-1 drubbing by Orlando Pirates, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns are on a mission to salvage their dented pride in Atteridgeville on Sunday.

The Brazilians take on the equally limping Bidvest Wits in their Absa Premiership second round match at Super Stadium.

The Clever Boys find themselves in a similar situation after going down 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in a midweek match.

In fact, for Wits, it was their second defeat in a row after high-flying Orlando Pirates beat them 2-0 on Saturday.

Sundowns manager Harris Choeu said they were under tremendous pressure to win after the midweek defeat by Pirates.

"We tried our best on Wednesday night, but it was not our day," he said.

"However, we hope for the best against Wits."

George "Technics" Mogotsi, Wits' manager, said they were determined to avenge the 2-0 defeat inflicted on them by Amakhosi.

"Right now we are in the same boat after losing to two prominent South African soccer giants in our respective midweek games," said Mogotsi.

With Lungisani Ndlela and Michael Manzini still injured, Masandawana will look to Lerato Chabangu and Peter Ndlovu to bring smiles to their faces.

Wits welcome back striker Noah Chivute from suspension to ease the enormous pressure on Marco de Jesus and Marawaan Bantam.

l Sundowns fans in Kimberley will embark on a recruitment drive at the Last Stop taxi rank tomorrow, starting at 10am.

l In Limpopo, Black Leopards begin their campaign to move away from the relegation zone against Free State Stars at Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow.

While Stars are doing well lately, the same cannot be said of Leopards.

Lidoda Duvha are donating points, which should be a cause for concern for the management.

Stars pipped Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a midweek Free State derby.

Moving to Durban, Platinum Stars are out to notch their second win in less than a week when they take on Thanda Royal Zulu at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu tomorrow.

This was after the Tycoons beat Leopards 2-0 in a midweek game.

Royal were hammered 3-0 by high-flying log leaders Ajax Cape Town.

All the high-profile Absa Premiership games start at 3.30pm.