Zwane up­beat about Knock­out

Sun­downs have point to prove against Celtic af­ter dis­al­lowed goal

The Sunday Independent - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE minenhle.mkhize@inl.co.za

MAMELODI Sun­downs mid­field ace Themba Zwane doesn’t feel they have a point to prove against Bloem­fontein Celtic in the first round of the Telkom Knock­out.

The Brazil­ians will face Celtic at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Sun­downs were un­done by the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion two weeks back against Celtic in an Absa Premier­ship tus­sle at Dr Molemela Sta­dium.

Zwane, who was ad­judged to be in an off­side po­si­tion – though not in­ter­fer­ing with play – against Celtic, wants his side to go all the way and cap­ture the TKO.

“It is not about prov­ing a point. We want to win the game,” Zwane ex­plained.

“We all know the goal which was deemed to be off­side was a clear goal. The fact we are play­ing them again, we need to win. If you check, we haven’t won games in a row. That’s some­thing we want to de­velop now.”

Sun­downs missed out in the MTN8 as they were dumped out of the com­pe­ti­tion by even­tual cham­pi­ons Cape Town City, in the semi fi­nals.

“Each and ev­ery cup is very im­por­tant for us. We will try and push to win the Telkom Knock­out. We will work hard to win the cup,” Zwane said.

Sun­downs lifted the Telkom in 2015 by beat­ing Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the fi­nal in Durban.

“We have qual­ity play­ers in the squad to com­pete on all fronts. We need to com­pete. We will win some of the cups this sea­son,” Zwane said with con­fi­dence.

In ad­di­tion to the PSL and Telkom, Sun­downs will be­gin their Caf Cham­pi­ons League jour­ney in De­cem­ber.

“We have a big squad. We are slowly but surely get­ting there. Ev­ery­thing is com­ing al­right. We need to gain mo­men­tum and win games con­sis­tently,” Zwane, who has missed a few matches be­cause of a toe in­jury, said.

“In­juries have ham­pered my progress. I’ve missed a num­ber of games for Bafana Bafana and Sun­downs. I’m back now and fully re­cov­ered. I’m ready to re­dis­cover my form.”

Sun­downs have strug­gled to find con­sis­tency this sea­son in the league af­ter the de­par­ture of Percy Tau and Khama Bil­liat.

“It is still to early to talk about the league. Even all the cups re­main­ing, we will try and push to win them. We are hav­ing a slow start but we will pick up. We have good qual­ity,” Zwane con­cluded.

TELKOM KNOCK­OUT FIRST ROUND FIX­TURES

Satur­day: 3.30pm, Old Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium: Baroka FC v Golden Ar­rows; 3.30pm, Goble Park: Free State Stars v Wits; 6pm, Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium: Mamelodi Sun­downs v Bloem­fontein Celtic; 8.15pm, Harry Gwala Sta­dium: Mar­itzburg United v High­lands Park; 8.15pm, Or­lando Sta­dium: Or­lando Pi­rates v Chippa United

Sun­day, Oct 21: 3.30pm, FNB Sta­dium: Kaizer Chiefs v Black Leop­ards; 3.30pm, Old Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium: Polok­wane City v Su­per­Sport United

Tues­day, Oct 23: 7.30pm, King Zwelithini Sta­dium: AmaZulu v Cape Town City

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