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Willem Jackson: Mamelodi Sundowns are not under pressure to score goals

10:24 PM IST 01/09/18
Mamelodi Sundowns players, August 2018
The former Orlando Pirates defender believes the Brazilians will find the back of the net against the Citizens on Sunday

Ex-Bafana Bafana defender Willem Jackson says he expects a thrilling MTN8 Cup semi-final encounter between Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City.

The Brazilians are set to host the Citizens on Sunday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium and Jackson believes Pitso Mosimane's men are not under pressure to find the back of the net and reach the final. 

“Yeah, look I don't think Sundowns are under pressure to win something after their exit in the Caf Champions League,” Jackson told Goal.

“I hear the talk that they are not scoring goals, but I don't think that should be a concern for them because they have good players who can solve their problems anytime,” he added.

“Once they start scoring, goals will come and I am sure the players and coaches are working very hard to solve their problems upfront,” he continued.

“What is good is the fact that they create chances, but they are just unfortunate not to score and I am sure they will solve this,” said the former Bucs defender.

Although the Brazilians have not scored since their 2-0 win over Golden Arrows in the MTN8 quarter-final, they were guilty of missing several chances in their final Caf Champions League Group C clash against AC Horoya on Tuesday night.

They have missed the target in four consecutive matches in all competitions, but the former Bloemfontein Celtic centre back believes this is hurting many clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“Sundowns have been travelling a lot and these factors could hurt their ability to play their normal game you know,” he added.

“On the other hand, the defensive pairing from their opponents also deserves credit, teams have improved in their defending and I know this from myself, I do not want to concede against any opponent,” he revealed.

“It's not only them who are struggling, but there are many clubs in the league and talking about City, they are also good so far and I think they will pose a threat against Sundowns away,” he responded.

“A 1-0 win at home doesn't give them guarantees, they still need a goal in Pretoria because that will put Sundowns under some pressure,” continued the legend.

“For now, it is safe to say the game is still open, but City must really work hard to stop Sundowns because they are now back in the domestic campaign and will want to challenge for this trophy,” said the former Platinum Stars assistant coach.

“I can say the game will be a thriller and there will be goals in Pretoria, I am sure the fans will watch a great game because Sundowns will mobilise their supporters to come in numbers,” reacted Jackson.

“It's good for Sundowns, they have done well in the transfer market, bringing in quality players such as (Phakamani) Mahlambi and many others means they want to win big things,” he concluded.