war in tshwane

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

As Muhsin Ertugral has said, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Trott Moloto has a headache.

But the Sundowns' mentor, whose team returns to Super Stadium in a PSL league match against SuperSport United tomorrow at 8pm, is nevertheless the envy of most of the hapless coaches in the league.

This time, Moloto has to decide who, between Robyn Johannes and Derrick Spencer, is going to start alongside the outstanding Mbulelo Mabizela and Siboniso Gaxa in defence.

Spencer stepped into the fray after Johannes was red-carded in the MTN 8 semifinal thriller between these two sides.

Now that Johannes is available again, it is up to Moloto to decide whether to send bench Spencer back to the bench. Bearing in mind that Spencer was all over his former teammates at Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday, Moloto finds himself with a poser.

Mahlatse Mphahlele, Downs' media and communications manager, said the match will be about maintaining momentum in the league, having started well with their 1-0 away win over Bloemfontein Celtic. Their second match against Amazulu was postponed indefinitely under tragic circumstances after Usuthu striker Siyabonga Mkhwanazi died.

Striker Sibusiso Zuma's fitness is still questionable, but there is, for example, Dario Monterio and Benedict Vilakazi to bury those chances.

United, who will be resplendent in their new playing kit, unveiled on yestersday, are not to be trifled with. They also started the defence of their championship positively.

Gavin Hunt has sharp and highly skillful players such as Daine Klaite and Katlego Mashego.

Also, Morgan Gould, who scored his first goal for United in their 3-1 routing of Platinum Stars last week, will probably be in Hunt's first 11. With no injuries, Hunt will probably go for broke.

According to United PRO, David Skosana, it is all about respect for the opponent. Skosana does not regard this match as some kind of a "grudge game", although the gloves are obviously off.