Hlompho Kekana urges Mamelodi Sundowns caution against Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 25 January 2018 Time: 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says Kaizer Chiefs players raise their game to Lionel Messi's level when they clash, and warns his teammates to practise caution.
The two PSL giants will lock horns at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening (20h15), in what promises to be an exciting match-up between their respective coaches in Steve Komphela and Pitso Mosimane.
Chiefs come into the tie arguably as favourites, having won their last two Absa Premiership meetings in 2018 and boasting the more consistent form as opposed to Sundowns.
Amakhosi are unbeaten in their last five league encounters – winning four and drawing one, while the Brazilians have been less convincing with three defeats and two victories.
Kekana concedes that they carry the ‘underdogs’ tag into this particular clash, and is wary of the threat of their frontmen in the likes of Leonardo Castro, Gustavo Paez and Ryan Moon.
“We’re playing Kaizer Chiefs in FNB Stadium, so we’re going to give them the respect. They can hurt you, and they’ve hurt us in the previous two matches,” said Kekena.
“They’re capable of winning matches any time, any day. So, as players, we’re very aware of their threat, especially Castro, Paez – their front three.
“Whenever they play us, they play like the Messi’s and them, so obviously we want to prevent them from coming into our box.
“And, like I’ve said, we just have to be cautious when we play Kaizer Chiefs. We lost twice in the last two matches we played, so we can’t be naïve and go there and open the match like we used to.”