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Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Kaizer Chiefs have put their miserable run in the first round behind them and are optimistic of an up turn at their once happy hunting ground - Johannesburg Stadium - when the league resumes next weekend.

Amakhosi meet Mamelodi Sundowns who will be hosting this crunch game in the year's opener on January 11, 2009 at 3.30pm.

Although Amakhosi manager Bobby "Bobsteak" Motaung said his side was comfortable playing at any venue in the country, it will be a major psychological boost if Chiefs start redeeming themselves in this game.

This encounter, which was originally billed for Loftus Stadium, was switched to Johannesburg by the Premier Soccer League following the closure of Loftus for reconstruction.

"It's a big game and we expect a bit of hype. It was our happy hunting ground, but anyway every where we play we're at home," said Motaung.

The league's general manager Andile "Ace" Ncobo said their intention was to switch the game to Super Stadium, but they could not because of the "endless headaches they encountered there."

"Super Stadium is very small for a game of this magnitude and the stands in one section are not open for use yet, so this leaves us with a bit of problem.

"Johannesburg is Orlando Pirates' home ground and Sundowns have their blessings to use it for this game."

Sundowns communications manager Mahlatse Mphahlele said Loftus was closed for renovations for the Confederations Cup and with a capacity of 22000, Super was too small for this game.

"We have been forced to take this game to Johannesburg due to a variety of reasons. Loftus, our preferred venue for a game of this magnitude, will not be available on the day.

"So the alternative was Johannesburg. We have played there before and won, so it is not a concern."

Meanwhile as usual Mbulelo Mabizela, the Brazilians defender, was conspicuous by his absence at the club's training ground on Monday afternoon.

Mphahlele confirmed that he did not return with the rest of the players as he was injured during their game against Chiefs.

"Above all his problems he is still injured," said Mphahlele.

Early December OJ appeared in a Pietermaritzburg court for drunken driving.


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