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By unknown | Feb 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Absa Premiership defending champions SuperSport United have made it hard for anyone to bet against them retaining their title this season.

United thrive on keeping things simple, and it is their defender Bongani Khumalo's opinion that, should they stick to this formula, they will defend the league, and do well in the CAF Champions League.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori host Thanda Royal Zulu at Super Stadium on Sunday at 6pm, hoping to make the gap between them and Ajax Cape Town wider.

An impeccable defensive record is just one of the main ingredients in their success, and even without captain Ricardo Katza, the United rearguard have maintained an outstanding record.

With 13 goals scored against them, theirs is the second best record behind Orlando Pirates.

They faltered when they conceded four against Free State Stars, an event Khumalo dismisses as an extraordinarily bad day at the office.

"Everything went wrong. We always try to maintain a clean sheet and we will do that again against Thanda. We will not plan against any specific player - we always defend as a unit," said Khumalo.

Still, that match probably served as a reminder to Gavin Hunt's men to wait until the very end before celebrating.

Hunt can afford to start - and win - a match with the likes of Tefera Fikru, Anthony Laffor and Brent Carelse on the bench.

Also, judging by the way he destroyed the Bay United midfield on Wednesday, it would be to TRZ's advantage to keep an eye on Hlompho Kekana.

Amabhubesi sorely need points to get out of their predicament, and it will be up to Peter Ndlovu, Nkosinathi Nhleko and Clement Mazibuko.

In a basement battle, Bay United welcome Free State Stars to ERPU Stadium at 3.30pm on Sunday.

Having lost their midweek match against SuperSport United, Khabo Zondo's side is looking to recover at Stars' expense.


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