Downs must pull up their socks - Baloyi

Former goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says it is painful to see his former team at the bottom of the log.

Former goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says it is painful to see his former team at the bottom of the log.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Brian Baloyi on Friday said the Pretoria club could face relegation if it does not pull up its socks urgently.

The star-studded side is at the bottom of the log with only a single win after 11 games.

Sundowns are also 20 points behind log leaders Kaiser Chiefs.

Baloyi said the team should start winning games or could find it hard to recover later in the season.

"They should realise that if they go to the December break at the bottom of the log, it's going to be difficult to pull themselves up next year. They might find themselves fighting relegation at the end of the season and that's not what they want."

Sundowns have been doing well in cup competitions, having qualified for the Telkom Knockout cup final.

Baloyi says it is difficult to understand why the team is so inconsistent.

"It's painful to see the club being at the bottom of the log. I'm wishing them luck. They need to bring the same spirit that they possess in cup games to league games."

Their Dutch coach Johan Neeskens has come under fire in recent months for his side's poor form.

Some supporters have even gone as far as to call for his head.