Chiefs need to be men­tally strong: Bil­liat

Daily News - - SPORT - MAZOLA MOLEFE @su­per­journo MIHLALI BALEKA @Mih­lal­ibaleka

PITSO Mosi­mane has re­as­sur­ing words for Mamelodi Sun­downs fans los­ing sleep over how their not-so-mo­bile cen­tral de­fend­ers will deal with twin strik­ers Justin Shonga and Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga when they host Or­lando Pi­rates at Lof­tus Vers­feld to­mor­row (3.30pm).

It’s likely that the Buc­ca­neers will bank on this Zam­bian duo once more in the top of the Absa Pre­mier­ship clash in Tsh­wane.

“Do you re­mem­ber Alje Schut? Thabo Nthethe? We have never had those quick cen­tre-backs, and we suf­fered. But if you re­ally look, we don’t con­cede a lot and in the five years I have been here we have prob­a­bly con­ceded fewer goals than every­body else,” Mosi­mane said yes­ter­day.

“Some­times it is about be­ing smart, in­tel­li­gent in how you play, know­ing how to po­si­tion your­self. Peo­ple like (Ri­cardo) Nasci­mento, he knows he is not too fast but he knows how to po­si­tion him­self. (Mosa) Le­busa is not too fast ei­ther, but he can po­si­tion him­self. Every­body al­ways says, ‘ah, but Sun­downs have the slow­est de­fence’. But why are we not con­ced­ing so many goals? In five years we have con­ceded fewer than every­body.”

Shonga and Mu­lenga have also been aided by in-form tal­is­man Vin­cent Pule and Them­binkosi Lorch, who con­trib­ute with im­por­tant goals when the Zam­bian strik­ers are tightly marked. KAIZER CHIEFS tal­is­man Khama Bil­liat is aware of the dan­ger that Chippa United pose for Amakhosi in their Absa Pre­mier­ship clash at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium to­mor­row (6pm).

The match will be the last of Chiefs’ two games played be­hind closed doors at the Dur­ban arena fol­low­ing crowd vi­o­lence in a Ned­bank Cup semi-fi­nal 2-0 de­feat to Free State Stars last sea­son.

The PSL dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee found Amakhosi guilty and handed them a three-match fan ban, one of which was sus­pended.

Chiefs lost the first match 1-0 to Polok­wane City and Bil­liat lamented play­ing in an empty sta­dium.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult match with­out the sup­port­ers be­cause we have to be men­tally strong,” he said.

“The coach (Gio­vanni Soli­nas) has been em­pha­sis­ing that with­out our sup­port­ers we have to pre­pare our­selves. We had to learn from the loss and we don’t want to go through that again.”

With Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium their sec­ond home af­ter FNB Sta­dium, Chiefs looked in de­spair with­out the back­ing of their fans as they were on the back foot against a con­fi­dent City team who had noth­ing to lose.

Their next op­po­nents Chippa may not have the best fan base in Dur­ban but they pose a threat as they are hun­gry for points af­ter a

Mosi­mane will have a plan for Pule and Lorch, too.

“When you push your cen­tral de­fence up to the half­way line and you are play­ing against Pule, Lorch, Shonga and Mu­lenga, you are killing your team be­cause that is how they score,” said the coach of the ti­tle hold­ers.

“Don’t play to their strength. I know some­times they say the best way to de­fend is to at­tack. Yes, I like that, but some­times it doesn’t hap­pen like that.

“Mo­hamed Salah and Sa­dio Mane (of Liver­pool) just try and play on the half­way line and you will see they go through. It’s the same with (Ra­heem) Ster­ling and (Leroy) Sané (at Manch­ester City).”

While he hopes his back four will have an­swers for the Bucs’ twin strik­ers, Mosi­mane still showed a great deal of ad­mi­ra­tion for the two at­tack­ers.

“They are typ­i­cal Zam­bian strik­ers and like most SADC re­gion for­wards – they are mo­bile and they have the phys­i­cal strength. It’s like (Khama) Bil­liat, Knowl­edge Mu­sona, Evans Rusike. They are full of en­ergy and move­ment – that is why you will find that they don’t strug­gle when they come to the PSL be­cause we also pro­duce those kind of play­ers.

“When you go to west Africa, they are slower, they use the body, and their re­gion plays foot­ball like that.

“In Zam­bia they like them skil­ful,” Mosi­mane con­cluded. string of poor re­sults.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the game and we’ll try to be men­tally strong,” said Bil­liat. “We’ll make sure that we grind for the re­sult to make our sup­port­ers happy.”

Amakhosi needed soli­tary strikes from de­fen­sive play­ers Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Wil­lard Kat­sande to bag suc­ces­sive wins against Su­per­Sport United and Black Leop­ards re­cently. That is some­thing of a con­cern for a team who have an at­tack con­sist­ing of Bil­liat, Leonardo Cas­tro, Du­misani Zuma, Bernard Parker and Gus­tavo Paez. But 28-year-old Bil­liat, who al­ready has six goals and four as­sists in only 16 matches this sea­son, be­lieves that who­ever scores is ben­e­fit­ing the club.

“As long as we win, we are happy,” he said. “Kaizer Chiefs is big­ger than the strik­ers. Strik­ers come and go but the club re­mains. If the set-piece (scored by a de­fender) can make us win the game, then why not?”

Soli­nas is also not fazed by his strik­ers’ two-game goal­less streak. In fact, he’s tipped one of them to be the top goal scorer at the end of the sea­son.

“Please ask me this ques­tion at the end of the sea­son. I have the best strik­ers in the PSL,” he said.

“Please check how many goals Bil­liat and Cas­tro will score,” Soli­nas said as he con­cluded his post-match press con­fer­ence. Ti­tans first in­nings 381 all out

(G Koop­man 33, J Van­diar 67, S von Berg 54, M Arnold 37, E Hawken 84 no, T Moreki 34, O Cele 3-63, L Zuma 2-71)

Dol­phins sec­ond in­nings

S Er­wee c El­gar b von Berg .............................. 17 V van Jaarsveld lbw Mothoa ........................... 133 C Chetty c von Berg b Mothoa .......................... 10 K Zondo c Ma­sondo b Moreki .......................... 25 D Vi­las lbw Hawken ............................................ 0 S Makhanya c Ma­sondo b Hawken .................. 32 G Roelof­sen not out .......................................... 46 E Bosch lbw Hawken .......................................... 5 K Ma­haraj c Ma­sondo b Arnold ........................ 23 L Zuma not out .................................................... 0 Ex­tras (lb 4, nb 3, w 4) ....................................... 11 TO­TAL(For8wick­ets,84Overs,RR:3.59)...302 Fall of wick­ets: 1-62, 2-77, 3-155, 4-156, 5-213, 6-232, 7-238, 8-280

Bowl­ing: T Moreki 12-0-52-1; M Arnold 19-2-73-1; E Hawken 18-3-59-3; S Mothoa 11-2-32-2;

S von Berg 24-7-82-1

Re­sult: Match drawn

Knights v War­riors

Di­a­mond Oval, Kim­ber­ley

Knights first in­nings 293 all out

(T Mokoena 99, K Pe­tersen 82, A Gous 23, A Nortje 5-51, B Wal­ters 1-39, S Harmer 3-88) War­riors first in­nings 134 all out

(E Moore 37, B Wal­ters 26, D Olivier 1-22, O Baart­man 3-28, T Ntuli 4-58, R McLaren 1-16, A Swanepoel 1-6)

Knights sec­ond in­nings 330-4 de­clared

(T Mokoena 38, R van Ton­der 52, P van Biljon 63, K Pe­tersen 103 no, A Gous 67 no, A Nortje 1-34, J Smuts 1-56, S Ma­gala 2-30)

War­riors sec­ond in­nings 205 all out

(G Cloete 45, E Moore 60, C Ack­er­mann 27 S Harme 23, D Olivier 3-23, R McLaren 4-42, A Swanepoel 1-15)

Re­sult: Knight won by 284 runs

Cape Co­bras v Highveld Li­ons

Boland Park, Paarl

Highveld Li­ons first in­nings 337 all out

(S Cook 25, W Lubbe 101, T Bavuma 51,

H van der Dussen 66, D Pater­son 5-81,

D Piedt 3-119, J Smith 1-30, M Nabe 1-43)

Cape Co­bras first in­nings 138 all out

(J Malan 22, Z Hamza 56, A Mgi­jima 24,

N Burger 2-34, Z Pon­golo 3-29, A Phangiso 3-11, B For­tuin 2-23)

Highveld Li­ons sec­ond in­nings 233 all out (W Lubbe 23, H van der Dussen 41, N van den Bergh 83, D Piedt 5-99, T Bokako 3-40,

M Nabe 1-34, J Smith 1-11)

Cape Co­bras sec­ond in­nings 246 all out

(P Malan 101, J Smith 74, D Pater­son 24, C Alexan­der 3-52, N Burger 1-21, B For­tuin 3-37, A Phangiso 3-77)

Re­sult: Highveld Li­ons won by 186 runs

First Test

Sri Lanka v Eng­land

Galle In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium

Eng­land first in­nings 342 all out

(K Jen­nings 46, J Root 35, J But­tler 38

B Foakes 107, S Cur­ran 48, A Rashid 35,

S Lak­mal 3-73, D Per­era 5-75)

Sri Lanka first in­nings 203 all out

(A Mathews 52, D Chandi­mal 33, N Dick­wella 28, D Per­era 21, J An­der­son 1-26, S Cur­ran 1-16, M Leach 2-41, M Ali 4-66, A Rashid 2-30) Eng­land sec­ond in­nings 322-6 de­clared

(K Jen­nings 146 no, B Stokes 62, J But­tler 35, B Foakes 37, R Herath 2-59)

Sri Lanka sec­ond in­nings 15-0 (tar­get: 462 runs)

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JUSTIN Shonga of Or­lando Pi­rates is in fine form but Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane isn’t wor­ried about the speedy striker to­mor­row. (K Zondo 23, D Vi­las 29, E Bosch 40, K Ma­haraj 76, E Hawken 3-49, T Moreki 3-34, M Arnold 3-49, S von Berg 1-26)

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