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Igesund won't risk key players

By unknown | Oct 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

The Confederation Cup clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and CF Sfaxien tomorrow is an academic tie for the Brazilians and their coach Gordon Igesund is highly likely to field a weakened side.

Igesund says he will not consider players who are recovering from injuries for the match at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville that kicks off at 4pm.

Sundowns were eliminated from the competition when they went down 3 -1 to the powerful TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month.

Igesund will not throw in the recovering Brent Carelse and Esrom Nyandoro into the fray, especially since the Brazilians have to do without midfielder Surprise Moriri.

Carelse and Nyandoro were scheduled to undergo late fitness tests today, but Igesund is adamant that he is not willing to risk too much.

Bar the injured trio, everyone has been given a clean bill of health and those who will be considered for the match will want nothing but a victory against a side that walloped them 4-0 at home.

"We do have a responsibility to win this game - even if to some people it is not deemed important enough.

A win certainly builds the players' confidence," Igesund said.

Addressing concern over Moriri's injury, Igesund explained that the operation the player was set to undergo was a common one in football that involves the removal of a build-up of cartilage in the knee.

"Moriri's absence is obviously a big blow for us, not just for this game. But like all the other teams, we have the league campaign to think about.

"He will be out for about four to six weeks, but the procedure itself, I've been told, is very simple and there is no cutting.

"We also have the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout to play now. But the guys who are fully fit do have to go all out to ensure victory because we would like to maintain momentum and continuity from now on," Igesund said.

It remains to be seen whether players like gangling striker Lungisani Ndlela would be given a rare appearance in the starting line-up.

Fans can, however, still expect a tough clash from the visitors provided players such as Blaise "Lelo" Mbele, Blaise Kouassi, Hamza Younes and Astres Douala are fielded.


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