Tshwane Derby Sure To Produce Fireworks

18/Aug/2017 12:48

If there is one thing about the Tshwane derby, it is that goals will be scored.  Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United have scored a total of 84 goals in the 34 encounters they have had.

It is therefore apt that the two Tshwane sides meet in the league opener weekend to whet the appetite of the fans for what is in store in the new Absa Premier League campaign.

The sides meet at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and it promises to be one to warm the hearts in the chill that is sweeping the country.

Yet, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane must be concerned at his side’s failure to get goals in their recent encounters, most notably their 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United in the MTN8. They had dominated the game, and one break out gave their opponents the winning goal while his boys were shooting blanks..

But Mosimane, having admitted to the concern, will have been working at getting matters to right.

He has bolstered his squad with players like George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa, both of whom are attacking midfielders, who could be thrown in at the deep end on Saturday after coming on as substitutes in their last match. While he has also signed striker Thokozane Sekotlong, former Free a State Stars hit man, he may not be match ready yet to go into battle in a game that will be furiously fast.

Lebese, in particular, is known for scoring crucial goals for his previous team, and the Sundowns technical team will hope he brings that form to the Brazilians. His team mates will hope to play him into the Brazilians game, and reap the reward for his enterprise.

Manyisa will allow Captain Hlompho Kekana to play his breakdown defensive role with his forays forward, allowing also Themba Zwane to play more attacking in exchanges with Thapelo Morena.

Mosimane has resigned himself to Khama Billiat being on his way out, and it remains to be seen how the master tactician deals with, and manages this situation as he tries to rebuild a frontline combination that will give him the results that the now dismantled CBD gave him in previous campaigns.

Supersport will be home in this encounter, and will be buoyed by their recent form which includes a knock out blow for Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8.

They will hope that their own hit man Jeremy Brockie will strike form and deliver the goods. Brockie is a predator in front of goal, and the Sundowns defence will have to be on the alert.

But it is also their build up game that Sundowns need to worry about, and Tebogo Langerman and Morena will need to keep runners like Thuso Phala in check.

Motjeka Madisha and Thabo Nthete in central defence will also need to be on the alert, and Mosimane will hope that his number one goalkeeper Denis Onyango returns from injury. Madisha has shown great promise, and the youngster can only grow in stature and ability.

Confident of their ability to score goals against Supersport – they put six past Supersport defence in the past season without conceding – they will go out for an early goal to settle the nerves and enable frontmen Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri to play a more relaxed game and score the chances that have been available to them.

Kekana is confident that his side is gelling, and hope that they get their confidence back. They are determined to wrest the league championship back from Bidvest Wits, having narrowly lost it even though they were playing at only about 80% of their ability following a grueling campaign.  The coach has drilled into them the mantra that you cannot lose if you don’t concede.

Having lost in the MTN8, they will be comforted by the fact of the quality of silverware in their cabinet. But they will know that every team in the PSL will be going all out to beat them, and Supersport will be no different.

The positive spirit displayed by the fans has given the side courage, and they will be going all out to keep them happy.

21 Responses to Tshwane Derby Sure To Produce Fireworks

  1. mtho4downs says:

    Hope to see the return of Asavela Mbekile or Siyanda Zwane and Wayne Arendse to the team,,,,,, other than that best of lucky to YELLOW NATION!!!!!!!!!!

  2. paul says:

    Zakri and Tau cannot be trusted in leading Downs attach this season.

  3. Sledge says:

    The problem with our Kabo Yellow team is that of not having a lethal hungry striker. Zakri is not a striker, he keeps on drifting wide on a wing and Tau is only good as a supporting striker. Billiat is no longer giving his best for Sundowns. We truly need a lethal quality striker to compliment Thokozani Sekotlong of we are serious about winning the league.

  4. kulakk says:

    We cn’t rely on Tau & Zakri upfront … No ways

  5. Themba says:

    My main concern is when we play at home our players are too relax and they not push forward. hence we not wining games at home.

  6. Bucks says:

    We are limping at the back, A DRAW will be our win out of this one

  7. Mzimela says:

    Lets hope for better selection if stii play Morena RB Zakri and Vlla forget about positive result Mweene between poles heartbreaking i wonder whats Syanda and Mbekile did to Pitso

  8. We need a real striker and real defenders from now on wards. . No more excuses for lzing plzzzz technical team. To u players plzzz play to d fullest of ur cuppability

  9. mashasha says:

    We have to win this one.It’s been too long without a psl win.Good luck tomorrow Kaboyellooooow

  10. Plzzz do what ever to phush dat foolish and lazy BUS out of ur way and score. How can we keep lzing to these stupid cowards who park d BUS one way .

  11. Makhosonke says:

    line up


  12. Jerry Tshabalala says:

    How I miss the days Ted and Stoichcov were coaching Sundowns. Even if the team lost during those days players were playing with their hearts. These days we lose games very easily and if the opposition score first we can’t come back. Our coach doesn’t care even if we supporters suggest something positive for the team. There is no competition because other players play even if they are not doing well; Tau, Villa, Zakri, Morena, etc. Why not playing Anele as central defender with Nthethe with Siyanda Zwane on right back. The la Ngobeni can do better than Mweene but he will never be given a chance. Please coach start with players who are hungry; I am impressed with Manyesa and Lebese, please start with them. Again give Laffour a fair chance; the guy proved himself beyond any doubt but you prefer people who are not willing to play like Blliat. Sell him before you lose him. I love Pitso but we also follow our beloved team. Create competition and don’t have favourites. Please coach.

    • mashasha says:

      Please technical team we need a team balance in our midfielder.Let us not field more attacking players and forget those quick counter attack that normally finds us wanting.Tomorrow is gonna be a very tactical game.

  13. mashasha says:

    I still believe that Lebese can go far with his talent.He has not reached his maximum peak.Full of talent ang eye for goals.Win win win tomorrow.kaboyelloooo

  14. Menduza says:

    This Season we must consider moving some of our Home Games elsewhere, some, not all, we have bad luck on that Stadium, I understand this 1 it’s SSU game and I predict we would be very very lucky to come out there with a draw

  15. Makhura says:

    Be careful of Tinkler.s counter attacks. That’s all he knows and is good at. Let’s not give him that chance. Yellow but choice! Good luck!

  16. Dalom says:

    We’re so technically bankrupt that we can’t even come from behind against a team of Maritzburg United calibre, playing @ home with 30 minutes of the game remaining, against a team being coached by Fadlu Davids, playing mostly with players promoted from their MDC team.

  17. ITDowns says:

    Can we please get an update on Castro? Is he still on special leave? I wish I had a job like this bra, takes as many leave days as he likes, delivers nothing in the field of play. As far as I can remember, the man scored 1 goal the whole of last season against an ABC Motsepe side. Missing a sitter against Esperance at home condemned his to my least favourite player at the moment. Pull up your socks man!

  18. Romario says:

    pitso favourite players, Morena, Mweene, Langerman, villa, kekana and tau! These players wether off form or not they still play. Give Hlompo a break he’s not performing at all since towards the end of last season please coach try the combination of mabunda and manyisa. Good players pitso doesn’t like, S Zwane, Hachi, Ngele, Arendse, Laffour and Castro. Any good coach like gavin hunt, would sacrifice anything to have these players in his starting 11… coach we want you to stay with us for many more years, but pls just be a bit fair!