SUN­DOWNS COACH WARY OF SHONGA AND MULENGA

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Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane ad­mits they would have their work cut out in try­ing to tame Or­lando Pi­rates’ Zam­bian duo of Justin Shonga and Au­gus­tine Mulenga.

Shonga and Mulenga are likely to start when ta­ble-top­pers Pi­rates visit de­fend­ing Absa Premier­ship cham­pi­ons Sun­downs at Lof­tus Sta­dium to­day (15h30).

Mosi­mane has pre­vi­ously spo­ken about Shonga sign­ing on the dot­ted line for Sun­downs, but de­spite the coach’s adamance that the player put pen to pa­per on a con­tract with the Brazil­ians, the 22-year-old for­ward ended up wear­ing the fa­mous black and white of the Buc­ca­neers.

Now Sun­downs have to make sure they keep out the player who is on a high af­ter break­ing his scor­ing drought in Pi­rates’ 2-1 vic­tory over Polok­wane City on Tues­day.

“Shonga was here, I saw him sign­ing. I was sit­ting on the ta­ble when he was sign­ing. But any­way, their com­bi­na­tion is good and they shoot well. They have the proper tech­nique to score and they have power. They are typ­i­cal Zam­bian play­ers,” the former Bafana Bafana coach said.

“The way they play is typ­i­cal Zam­bia style - that’s how they play. That’s how Zesco play; full of en­ergy, move­ment.”

Mosi­mane’s cen­tre-backs, who are not the fastest, will have to make sure they po­si­tion them­selves well to keep out the Zam­bian pair. Mot­jeka Madisha and Mosa Le­busa are likely to start for Sun­downs in cen­tral de­fence.

Their mis­sion is to en­sure the strik­ers do not get a lot of time and space in the box to do as they please.

“Do you re­mem­ber Alje Schut and Thabo Nthethe? We’ve never had the quick­est cen­tre-backs, but if you re­ally look we don’t con­cede [much]. In the five years I have been here, prob­a­bly we have con­ceded less goals than any­body else and I have had those kind of cen­tre-backs,” Mosi­mane said.

“Some­times it’s the in­tel­li­gence, po­si­tion­ing. Peo­ple like [Ri­cardo] Nasci­mento is not fast, but he knows how to po­si­tion him­self.”

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