Ngoma: League title is Downs’ to lose

Sundowns entered the weekend five points clear of second-placed Orlando Pirates with 10 games remaining.

And while Ngoma does not write off any of the title contenders - which include Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City - he knows Downs' destiny is in their hands.

“As long as it is mathematically still open anyone still has a chance,” Ngoma said.

“We know as players that we don't want to rely on anyone. At the moment it's in our hands so we want to continue like that and get results.

“We want to take each game as it comes and make sure we try to win every game that is available for us so that we don't have to rely on anyone.”

This year the Brazilians lost to Pirates, drew with Chiefs and beat the Citizens. They next host Ea Lla Koto in Tshwane on Wednesday knowing they can ill afford to drop points to their rivals.

“We had very tough fixtures where we played the teams that we are challenging with for the title. We played Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City and we managed to at least get four points in those fixtures.

“Now we are looking forward to playing the next game but we have to take each game as it comes. We know it won't be easy, all the teams are fighting for their respective goals and the targets they set.”

Meanwhile, Ngoma feels Pitso Mosimane's side were handed a tough draw against minnows EC Bees in the Nedbank Cup last-16.

“I haven't seen them play, that's what makes the fixture a bit tricky for us because we are comfortable playing with opponents that we are more familiar with - people that we know and watch every weekend.

“So for us it is a matter of getting the videos and analysing how the team plays. So we will prepare like any other game, we prepare to win.”