Boe­bie al­ways feels good about derby days

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM MOSES

MI­LANO UNITED coach Boe­bie Solomons hopes that an in­creased fo­cus on the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects of the game will help his side turn the cor­ner on their poor form when they face Stel­len­bosch FC this af­ter­noon.

Mi­lano are sec­ond-last on the NFD ta­ble af­ter a win, a draw and three losses, and aim to cut out the er­rors that have cost them dearly in those games.

“We did change a few things this week, be­cause ob­vi­ously if things have not gone well for you can’t just keep them the same,” Solomons said.

“Most im­por­tantly we did a lot of men­tal prepa­ra­tion. We worked on the psy­cho­log­i­cal side of the game. We did some team­work ex­er­cises and some ex­er­cises to help build our win­ning men­tal­ity. We had a work­shop for that and it worked quite well.”

Solomons’ side started the sea­son with 2-1 and 2-0 losses to Wit­bank Spurs and Mbombela United re­spec­tively, be­fore a morale­boost­ing 2-1 win over rel­e­gated PSL side Jomo Cos­mos in their third game. They then suf­fered a 4-0 drub­bing to Black Leop­ards in Tho­hoyan­dou, be­fore a 1-1 draw against Cape Town All Stars last week.

Stel­len­bosch will also play their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Cape derby to­day, but head into the match on the back of bet­ter re­sults. The Cape Winelands side recorded 2-0, 2-1 and 1-0 wins over Ma­gesi FC, Royal Ea­gles and San­tos re­spec­tively in their last three games to climb to third on the ta­ble.

Mi­lano hope to bring that run to an end at Coet­zen­burg Sta­dium to­day, and Solomons said the derby as­pect will have his play­ers fired up.

“I al­ways feel good about der­bies be­cause I know there will be a lot of com­mit­ment from the play­ers be­cause it’s a fight for brag­ging rights. I like this type of game,” he said.

“We know that Stel­len­bosch FC is a good team and they have two play­ers who played for us be­fore, Ju­naid Sait and Brent Ado­nis, so there will be a bit of nee­dle in the game.”

Mean­while, two other lo­cal clubs will also be in ac­tion at 3:30pm to­day. San­tos travel to Wit­bank Spurs and FC Cape Town host league lead­ers Thanda Royal Zulu at NNK Sta­dium in Parow.

Cape Town All Stars will hope to pick up their first vic­tory of the sea­son when they host Mthata Bucks at Athlone Sta­dium at to­mor­row. All Stars are the only NFD side to have not won a game and are last on the log.

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