Mamelodi Sundowns have returned from a brief Christmas recess and have shared a sneak peek into their preparations against Orlando Pirates.
The two sides face off in a DStv Premiership clash on Saturday afternoon at Loftus with a win set to consolidate Downs’ position at the top of the table, while the Buccaneers could reduce the gap by just two points – and still have a game in hand.
No injury updates have yet been made public, though it’s expected that Gaston Sirino could still be missing from the Sundowns line-up, while Zakhele Lepasa had to be taken off in Pirates’ final domestic game of 2020.
Both teams were involved in CAF interclub commitments, Downs winning away to Jwaneng Galaxy in Botswana in their Champions League group stages play-offs, while the Buccaneers were also victors on the road against Angolan side,Sagrada Esparanca in the first leg of their Confederation Cup first round tie.
The return legs are scheduled for next week Wednesday in Gauteng, but before then the two sides will take to the pitch in what will be a test for both given Sundowns – the defending league champions – and Pirates are considered title favourites.
Check out Downs’ top of the table preparations in the gallery above!