feathers will fly

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa, the most underrated mentor in the Premiership, is determined to beat SuperSport United in the Gauteng Challenge at Super Stadium tomorrow. Kickoff is at 2.10pm.

Gorowa, whose major aim is to win the Absa Premiership this season, said a win over United will bolster his side's morale to face the second round with zeal.

"We're not taking this game lightly, we want to avenge the two games we lost to them last year. It could be an opportunity for us to look at our new signings, but we're angry and we'll be going for the kill," said Gorowa.

He said he would try some new combinations and see if the new acquisitions fit in their plans for the future.

He said by late yesterday he was likely to sign on two more players before the registration deadline closed at midnight, and that they would be in the team against United.

Lefa Tsutsulupa, Goodman Mazibuko, Maimane Phiri and Siphesihle Ngobese will still form the heart of the team.

United's spokesman David Skhosana said they were going to make sure they did not falter.

"Swallows was our hoodoo team in the past, but since we beat them last year that jinx is gone," he said.

Apart from new faces, United will also have players such as Katlego Mashego, Calvin Kadi, Siboniso Gaxa and Ricardo Katza on the day.

In the later match at the venue (4.10pm kickoff), Mamelodi Sundowns are determined to beat Kaizer Chiefs.

The Brazilians' coach, Gordon Igesund, said they were meeting a difficult Chiefs team.

He should be worried about the prospect of defenders like David Kannemeyer being given the run-around by a Chiefs attack that includes Kaizer Motaung junior.

But the Pretoria outfit still has the core of the team that won the league last season.

"We're meeting a young team in Chiefs that has been transformed during the off-season. We expect a tough game, but we hope with the experience of our players we'll go through," said Igesund.

His counterpart at Chiefs, Muhsin Ertugral, said they have acquired exciting young players for the second round.

"These chickens I have acquired are aggressive and talented," he said.

"They are playing good football and I'm impressed with them."