Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi says they cannot afford to lose twice in a row against Golden Arrows.

The two teams will clash in the Telkom Knockout semi-final clash at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Arrows beat Sundowns 3-2 in a league match two weeks ago at the same venue.

The Brazilians have been affected by injuries in recent weeks, but they are likely to welcome back talisman Gaston Sirino while Themba Zwane is still struggling with an injury.

Phakamani Mahlambi is still out injured while Keletso Makgalwa is on national duty with the Under-23 national team in Egypt.

The teams are coming from a FIFA International break for the past week. The PSL champions were missing goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who was with Uganda and two Bafana Bafana players Thapelo Morena and Mosa Lebusa.

Mngqithi says some players were given a break to recover from the hectic schedule.

Sundowns have arguably one of the most talented squad in the league. But they have struggled without Sirino and Zwane in recent matches with some of the fringe players struggling to make an impact.

Mngqithi says they will not sign more players unless it is necessary. – Report by Vincent Sitsula