‘City is physically and mentally fit’
POLOKWANE City head coach Bernard Molekwa has issued a statement of intent against AmaZulu FC whom the play host at the Old Peter Mokaba stadium this Saturday as part of their Absa Premiership campaign.
Kick for this encounter is at 15:30. Playing in front of their fervent local supporters, the Limpopo-based outfit will saunter onto the pitch chock-full of confidence after beating the team from the Zulu Kingdom 3-2 during their first leg game played at the King Zwelithini stadium on October 18 last year.
When Rise and Shine emerged triumphant, they were clinical with their chances, while Usuthu lacked any real intent on goal until the final few minutes of the clash when they stared down a less than impressive two-goal deficit.
However, Molekwa, who has since acknowledged that his charges have a less impressive track record on their home turf, said they will not use their previous record as a yardstick to judge the visitors.
“We have a mediocre record in our own backyard. Although we are good travellers, we have not registered comprehensive victories in Polokwane. It’s like the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium is jinxed.
“This track record at home has been a major concern among our supporters who have blamed us consistently since the commencement of the 2017/18 league season. There was at some stage when they actually bade for my blood,” said Molekwa.
Ahead of this match, he said: “I am positive that we will give a good account of ourselves since there are no injury concerns among key players. The level of fitness in the team is very impressive. I am bringing all the arsenals I have in the squad. The guys are not only fit physically but also mentally fit. There is great quality and depth in the squad.”
Molekwa’s confidence stems from the fact that the team’ scoring responsibility is no longer limited the talismanic goal poacher, Rodney Ramagalela who tops the charts with nine strikes.
There is also Walter Musona who has so far banged the back of the net four times.
Rise and Shine will pin their faith on skipper Jabu Maluleke and defender Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali.
Meanwhile, surprise package Baroka FC will travel to KwaZulu Natal where they have a date with Lamontville Gold Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off for this match is at 15:30. Newly-appointed public relations officer Richard Mashabane says they have not lost hope of returning to the summit of the log.
However, returning to the sounds more a utopian pipedream considering the impressive run exhibited by the like Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs,
Still shell-socked by their recent 2-1 defeat in the hands of title chaser Chiefs, Bakgaga will go into this game as firm favourites even though the two sides played to a 1-all stalemate during their first leg clash at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Mashabane said, “We are confident that we will manage to collect maximum points this weekend. Arrows play an open game which has flaws. They are an open book but we will not underestimate them.
“They are desperate of finishing in the top-eight bracket. It is going to be an interesting match and we are taking the game to them.”
Polokwane City head coach Bernard Molekwa.