Gordinho: Downs clash a 'must-win'


Amakhosi travel to Tshwane on Tuesday evening, where they will take on the African champions at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The clash promises to be an exciting one as the previous 10 battles have seen just three stalemates since the start of 2013.

Despite being out with a rib injury, Gordinho, having watched his teammates in training over the last few days, is confident the team will give a good account of themselves (19h30 kick-off).

“It’s a very big game [against Sundowns] and a big week for us, the guys are ready and confident, and training has been going well over the last week,” says Gordinho.

“I think it’s going to be a good game, the players are all excited because everyone wants to play.

“We have to [win], we don’t go out wanting to lose games, and I just think its going to be a good, competitive battle.

“Both clubs know that it’s all on the day, it’s got nothing to do with form or anything, and I hope we will come through."

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Coach Steve Komphela will have limited options in defence as Gordinho is joined by Teenage Hadebe, Kgotso Moleko, Tsepo Masilela and Ramahlwe Mphahlele on the sidelines. However, the 23-year-old centre-back reveals midfielders have already been prepared to fill in in defense, if needed.

“It does hurt, it’s disappointing not to be available, just running around the field while watching the guys train and get ready,” he admits.

“But it’s all part of the game, my recovery is most important and I’m sure the guys are ready to play tomorrow.

“I think the guys have all come together and the coach is trying to get everyone to buy into the fact that if we need a midfielder at the back then he’s going to have to do it,” he adds.

“I think that’s the philosophy at the moment because we have so many defenders out, and it’s irritating because it’s very rare to be in such a situation."

Regarding his recovery, the Bafana Bafana defender is set to undergo a checkup next week Wednesday, and is in a race against time to get fit for their Telkom Knockout clash against AmaZulu later this month.