‘Downs un­stop­pable at their best’

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

IT IS al­ways to the ben­e­fit of the PSL in the greater scheme of things and a great ad­vert for South African foot­ball when­ever Mamelodi Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs both at full strength meet.

This time around though, Sun­downs seem to be clear favourites for the game on Tues­day as their at­tack is in top shape, while the Chiefs’ de­fence is shaky.

Apart from Khama Bil­liat, the Brazil­ians will wel­come back Themba Zwane, Percy Tau and Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi, who all scored for Bafana Bafana on Satur­day.

Chiefs are ex­pected to be with­out Lorenzo Gordinho, while Mu­lo­mowan­dau Mathoho is doubt­ful, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Tsepo Masilela also un­avail­able.

While Downs are on a high, Chiefs have some­thing to gain in­spi­ra­tion from, hav­ing won the Macufe Cup last week­end.

Head­ing into Tues­day’s game at Lof­tus Vers­feld sta­dium, Bil­liat does not think get­ting three points will be easy, but reck­ons play­ing along­side team­mates who turned out for Bafana will make the Brazil­ians even stronger.

“They have al­ways been bet­ter play­ers even be­fore we started play­ing to­gether. And us now play­ing to­gether will make us even bet­ter. We just have to up our to­tal ef­fort,” Bil­liat said.

“We would like to be dan­ger­ous. If we are, then we will be some­thing else for Chiefs to face.

“It will be one of the best games of the sea­son for our sup­port­ers to en­joy. But they too have great play­ers, like (Siphiwe) Tsha­bal­ala.

“It is an im­por­tant for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual play­ing for the club, for its his­tory.

“But Chiefs are a good team. We will have to work hard, watch all their videos and look at how they are do­ing. We want to do even bet­ter, get to where we are used to and get all our con­fi­dence go­ing.”

Mean­while, the Brazil­ians will to­day an­nounce their new three-year part­ner­ship with car man­u­fac­turer Hyundai.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

CLASSY AP­PROACH: Downs for­ward Khama Bil­liat.

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