lethal force

POWERFUL: Amakhosi striker Mabhuti Khanyeza. © Unknown.
POWERFUL: Amakhosi striker Mabhuti Khanyeza. © Unknown.

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Strikers Erwin Isaacs and Eleazar Rodgers have become so lethal in Santos' strike force that top coaches such as Muhsin Ertugral are spending sleepless nights when their clubs are to face the People's Team.

This notion was confirmed yesterday by Ertugral whose side Kaizer Chiefs host the Capetonians in an Absa Premiership game at Kings Park Stadium in Durban tomorrow night.

The Chiefs mentor said: "These youngsters are the best in the country. They are very fast and their combination is deadly.

"They also have experienced players, which is one of the reasons why their team is doing so well in the league.

"Their pace is so demanding that I'm not going to field any player to monitor their movements, because they can beat us with their speed."

Chiefs are looking at ending the league programme on 45 or 48 points.

Amakhosi captain Shaun Bartlett said their priority was to finish in the top eight.

"We drew with them in the first round when I was serving my suspension. They are a good and young side and they are also scoring goals. So we have to be very cautious against them," said Bartlett.

Chiefs players Mabhuti Khenyeza, Kaizer Motaung junior, Tinashe Nengomashe and David Obua are capable of leading their side to the full points and up the league ladder.

Santos communications manager Rodney Reiners said they stood a chance of winning the league title and are going for it because they are five points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

"Playing Chiefs in any competition is a serious game of football.

"We're glad that we meet them after losing in the Nedbank Cup. We hope our players will be fully focused for this one."

He said coach David Bright was working on the players' mental attitude to get them ready for this game.

"They have to know that apart from the cup, there was still something to play for," Reiners said.

Sebastian Bax, Mogogi Gabonamong and Wayne Arendse are some of the players who could help Santos to bag the full points.