JOHANNESBURG – Johan Neeskens reckons his Mamelodi Sundowns side will approach today’s Telkom Knockout tie at SuperSport United the same as all their other games.
Downs travel to the Peter Mokaba Stadium over the weekend for their semi-final tussle with Tshwane rivals United.
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The Brazilians have had an awful 2012/13 campaign thus far, knocked out of the MTN8, while they also languish rock-bottom in the Premiership table.
Disgruntled fans have been baying for Neeskens’ head for the Chloorkop outfit’s shocking form and a qualification for the Ziwa Mo final will go some way to easing the pressure on the Dutchman.
But the 61-year-old is surprisingly calm ahead of his team’s must-win encounter against Matsatsantsa.
“There is nothing different from the other matches, we want to win every game we play,” he told a Press conference.
“It is normal for a coach to aim to win everything you play for. There is always pressure in every game.”
“You can only work hard and hope that it works out, there are no guarantees.
“We both have better records in Telkom than in the league. May the best team on the day win.”
Veteran midfielders Esrom Nyandoro, Surprise Moriri and skipper Teko Modise are expected to carry the day for the under fire Brazilians.
SuperSport United midfielder George Maluleka says the side will be going all out against Sundowns.
Victory over the Chloorkop side this weekend will see Matsatsantsa progress to their third consecutive cup final, having claimed the Nedbank Cup trophy last year after ousting Downs in the tournament’s climax, although they lost 2-1 to Moroka Swallows in the MTN8 showpiece earlier this season.
And the 23-year-old believes the Ziwa Mo last-four encounter provides them with the perfect opportunity to make amends after missing out on the Wafa Wafa crown.
“It means a lot to us because it provides us with an opportunity to make up for the loss we had in the MTN8 final,” he said.