Llimping Chiefs a huge hurdle

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Benoni Premier United will need a strong mental attitude when they go into their opening Castle Premiership game against Kaizer Chiefs at Germiston Stadium tonight at 7.30pm.

If they wish to do well, the Rabbits should forget about their imminent sale and possible relocation to KwaZulu-Natal from their traditional home - Daveyton in Ekurhuleni.

That could have an adverse effect on their performance tonight.

Most soccer lovers in Ekurhuleni are wondering whether United will still be there, following the cloud that surrounds the team's sale to a consortium of business people in KwaZulu-Natal.

Though there are denials, it has become clear that it is a done deal and the team will be moved to the coast.

United's coach, Sonas Malope, yesterday declined to comment on the players who will be in the team to meet Amakhosi.

Players such as Hassan Wassa and Geoffrey Sserenkuuma from Uganda, Thabiso Malatsi, Tshepo Masilela and Clement Mazibuko could hold their own against Amakhosi.

Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral, whose side was held to a goalless draw by the same Rabbits in the opening game of the league programme last season, said he was looking forward to a great game.

"Everybody wants to beat Chiefs, so our preparation went on well and we're bracing ourselves for a tough game.

"I'll be having two youngsters in our starting line-up and we're going to throw them in the deep end, but we hope they will do well," said Ertugral.

The two youngsters are Sandile Zuke and Mandla Masango, who will be making their debuts for the side. Masango is from Walter Stars, a team owned by SABC TV's Walter Mokoena in Mpumalanga.

Although Amakhosi will be without Kaizer Motaung junior, David Obua and Siphiwe Tshabalala, all injured, Ertugral said it would be important for them to collect the full points.

He said Thabo Mooki, Ditheko Mototo, Tinashe Nengomashe and captain Cyril Nzama would see to it that the side collects maximum points.