Pitso wary of the Dube Birds

Pitso Mosimane says Moroka Swallows have proven that they're a hard team to beat.

FILE: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reacts during a game. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Moroka Swallows will be a very tough opponent when the two sides meet in their first match of 2015 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight.

Sundowns are in second place, 15 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and will be hoping to close the gap at the expense of a Swallows side that has had a tough season so far.

Mosimane says the tactics that the Dube Birds have applied in their games could cause his side problems.

"We are playing a very difficult team, I think you saw the last results when they played Orlando Pirates, they showed integrity. The derby games are always tough, they are playing a different formation.

"Fani Madida has introduced a different formation that I see almost everybody is using, that's why Liverpool is using it and they're being successful."

He says Chiefs proved last year when they surrendered the league to Sundowns that they are still catchable this season.

"I've seen Mamelodi Sundowns coming back from 11 points to win the league last year. I don't know what I'll see this year."

Mosimane says he and the club were never interested in Oupa Manyisa, despite rumours almost confirming the Pirates midfielder's departure to Downs.

"We believe in what we have, we respect other teams' players and we won't interfere much, unless it's necessary."

In the other two games, University of Pretoria take on Chippa United and Maritzburg United face Wits.