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Birds' Niang has the Rabbits in a tizz

By unknown | Nov 03, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Benoni Premier United are worried about Moroka Swallows' lethal striker Mame Niang and will assign Thapelo Yawa to monitor his movements when they meet in a Telkom Knockout Cup game at Germiston Stadium on Sunday.

The game was earlier scheduled for a 3.45pm kick-off but because there are no lights at the venue it was switched to 3.15pm.

Oupa Mnguni, the Rabbits' chief executive, said they will assign Yawa because one of their reliable defenders, Beaufort Tshabalala, is suspended.

"Niang is dangerous and needs to be monitored effectively," said Mnguni. "We're aware that we're meeting a balanced and experienced side, but we're determined to fight and die on the pitch."

The Ekurhuleni side held Swallows to a goalless draw in a league game played in Meadowlands and want to go all out to boot their opponents out of the lucrative competition.

"It's going to be tough for us, but we're going to attack from the opening whistle. Playing on our home turf we need to push hard to qualify for the next round," Mnguni said.

Players such as Obinna Akafor, Tshepo Masilela, Brian Kgafane and July Mahlangu are bound to see their side through.

Swallows' manager Sipho Xulu said: "We're meeting a young side and most of the players are unknown to us, so we expect a tough battle on the day.

"But our recent win over Golden Arrows has motivated the guys and they can stand out like a sore thumb against the Benoni side.

"We're creating but not converting our chances, but the coach, Gavin Hunt, has been working on that aspect this week."

The Birds will be led by captain Goodman Mazibuko, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Patrick Thwala and Bevan Fransman.


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