The odds will be stacked against Moroka Swallows when they face SuperSport United in a SAA Supa 8 clash on Sunday, but coach Gavin Hunt has promised that his charges will come out fighting.
The Dube Birds mentor has as many as 10 key players out for the game against the Pretoria side, either due to injury or suspension.
While admitting that the current situation is giving him a headache, Hunt has vowed that his men will be doing their utmost to secure victory.
"It is a nightmare. But I'm going to be positive. No matter which 11 players take the field on Sunday, they will be competitive. That is my promise to the fans," he told News24.
To make matters even worse for Hunt is the fact that the Birds are currently unable to use the Rand Stadium, a venue they have turned into a home fortress in recent times, as it is being renovated.
"We have lost one in 35 matches at the Rand Stadium, and to be forced to play our home matches at other venues is not helping matters," said Hunt.
Senegalese striker Mame Niang also looks doubtful to face up to Matsatsantsa as he is still awaiting his work permit.
There was some good news for the team, however, with the news that defenders George Hummel and Warren Lewis have recovered from injury and will be available to play on the weekend.