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Amakhosi's young guns favoured

By unknown | Nov 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Cup specialists Kaizer Chiefs are tipped to walk away with the lucrative Telkom Knockout title when they meet the star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns in a final at Loftus Stadium tomorrow night.

But that does not mean that the Brazilians will be sitting ducks when they contest this R4,25 million first prize in what is expected to be a no-holds-barred encounter.

For the past two seasons Amakhosi have not been doing well in cup games, winning only the SAA Supa 8 last season and the Absa Cup the season before.

The side comprises youngsters who are energetic and hungry for glory. They are itching for exposure and also excel before big crowds.

Chiefs' team manager Bobby "Bobsteak" Motaung said they were ready and the spirit is high among the players.

He said they had collected almost all the trophies on offer in the league except the Telkom Knockout, and tomorrow's final was as good a time as any to do so.

"We've not met Sundowns in the final for some time now and I firmly believe that our guys will double their efforts to see to it that we annex the trophy," said Motaung.

"We'll be playing an attacking brand of football and we're not going to allow our players to defend.

"We're here to entertain the multitude of supporters expected to be at this game and we have to do it in style.

"We're talking a good amount of money. We've prepared well, but we respect everybody at Sundowns."

Motaung said they have no injuries or suspensions and that will give coach Muhsin Ertugral some options in his team selection.

His opposite number at Sundowns, Harris "TV4" Choeu, said he believes that his players will deliver.

"First of all we're playing at home, at our own ground, which we know better than our opponents.

"The philosophy of putting money up front, saying how much players are going to get after winning is not on, because people end up getting nothing. So we'll only talk about the money after our win," said Chueu.

Chiefs' Simphiwe Tshabalala, Gerald Sibeko, David Mathebula and Jimmy Tau could contain the experienced Brazilians players of Lerato Chabangu, Vuyo Mere, Esrom Nyandoro and Josta Dladla.


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