Richards Bay coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi has challenged his side to overcome DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns when the two sides clash on Tuesday.

The Brazilians are 11 points clear at the top of the standings and remain the only unbeaten team in the league this season.

They have, however, drawn four games, and were eliminated from the Carling Knockout Cup by TS Galaxy and lost to Orlando Pirates in the final of the MTN8.

Most recently they were held to a goalless draw in their CAF Champions League quarter-final first leg with Young Africans, and Vilakazi says those results prove Sundowns are not without their weaknesses.

The Natal Rich Boys are in dire need of points, in 15th place and only two points off the bottom of the table.

They too proved they can match the very best after beating SuperSport United back in December, but have not won a game since then – apart from a Nedbank Cup round of 32 clash with Polokwane City in February.

Vilakazi said on FARPOst: “Players need to take responsibility in terms of making sure that they save their jobs.

“It’s very important for us and it’s a difficult game that we are going for in the next game against Sundowns.

“But because we’ll be playing human beings as well, we need to go there and compete and see what we can do. 

“Our situation is not the same; they are on top. We need to show on a field of play.

“So, we can’t look down now, we have to chin up and try to make sure that we work and try to grind for the results.”