opponents confident

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Luvhengo Mungomeni does not have answers to their recent defeats, but the former national under-23 defender remains confident they will turn the tide.

The fact is The Brazilians are disjointed and do not look like a team that can beat opponents at the moment.

But on paper they look firm favourites to beat tail-enders Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville tonight at 7.30.

Both teams are desperate for the three points for different reasons.

Downs want a win to stay in close contact with the teams who are above them in the standings.

The three points will be crucial for Phunya SeleSele as they are fighting hard to move out of the quagmire.

But the arrival of Owen da Gama has raised some hopes of survival and it was also encouraging to see Celtic stealing a point on the road against Platinum Stars on Saturday.

While Sundowns have disappointed Masandawana, their devotees, with poor showings, Mungomeni said they will ensure that they bring smiles back to the faces of their supporters.

"We are not relaxing at training. We are working hard because we want to return to our winning ways," said the former Black Leopards player.

"We gave our best in our previous matches, but luck has not been on our side. But we have quality and depth in this team, and we will continue to fight for the success of Sundowns.

"We respect Celtic and we don't expect an easy match against them."

Celtic's midfielder Kleinbooi Taaibos is equally confident. "We played well in our last match and we can get a result in Atteridgeville if we keep the momentum," said Taaibos.

"Sundowns have not been doing well lately, but they will be tough opponents."

Like Mungomeni, Robyn Johannes is another player who is likely to frustrate Celtic's forwards.

The visitors will rely on Geoffrey Sserunkuma up front.

l The Tycoons will also be in action tonight as they engage wounded AmaZulu in a match that can go either way at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom in another 7.30 kickoff.