United take on troubled Downs

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mamelodi Sundowns are made up of a galaxy of exorbitantly paid stars, but their fat cheques have not inspired them on the pitch.

They have not win in four matches, with the last win coming against Thanda Royal Zulu at home on November 16. That was the first match for new coach Henri Michel, who is reportedly earning close to R800 000 a month.

Tonight at 7.30 Sundowns take on Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Though United, mentored by former Downs coach Gordon Igesund, are yet to make their presence felt after their return to the top flight, they remain the pundits' bet to add to Sundowns' tribulation tonight.

Michel and his new assistant Mohamed Samir Boujarari left the Super Stadium on Sunday with disappointment visible after Platinum Stars whipped them 2-0. It was their second defeat at home, after a 0-1 setback to Moroka Swallows.

Boujarari replaced Trott Moloto, who has been appointed the side's scout, a move viewed by many as an attempt to frustrate the former Bafana Bafana coach to leave Chloorkop.

The home side's rearguard has been reinforced by the return of Siboniso Gaxa, but they will miss Robyn Johannes in this department.

Katlego Mphela will also be missed up front. Michel should start with Benedict Vilakazi who could be their trump card in the midfield.

The Durbanites will miss the experience of the suspended Siphiwe Mkhonza at the back, but Fadlu Davids and Lebohang Kukame could give Gaxa and company a torrid evening.