Stel­lies can’t af­ford to go a man down

Pretoria News - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN miked­[email protected]

IF there’s one les­son Stel­len­bosch FC can learn from their first-round 3-1 defeat away to de­fend­ing PSL cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs ahead of tonight’s clash with the Brazil­ians at Athlone Sta­dium (7.30pm kick­off), it is not to get a red card, says goal­keeper Lee-Raoul Langeveldt.

Stel­len­bosch held the lead at half­time in a first league meet­ing be­tween the two teams back in Novem­ber be­fore con­ced­ing a penalty that was con­verted, and then, af­ter fall­ing be­hind to the Brazil­ians, shot them­selves in the foot when de­fender Moga­mad

de Goede was red-carded in the 73rd minute. The hosts went 3-1 up a minute later to see off the top-flight rook­ies.

Langeveldt says they will be aim­ing to keep all 11 play­ers on the field.

“We can’t af­ford be­ing a man down fac­ing a top team like Sun­downs. They have a qual­ity squad with tal­ent in each po­si­tion. So we won’t fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual play­ers, but to have our own game plan on how we can get a pos­i­tive re­sult. I think we showed it in the pre­vi­ous game, but let it slip. At the end maybe it was a les­son we can learn is not to get a red card,” Langeveldt said.

“It’s a mas­sive game for us not be­cause it’s Sun­downs, but what we want to achieve this sea­son as a club. We all know what Sun­downs can do so we will re­spect them but not fear them, and I think we showed it in our first-round en­counter. We al­ways play to win and I think we will get some­thing out of the game.”

Stel­len­bosch find them­selves in 11th place on the league stand­ings on 27 points, while Sun­downs are sec­ond on 41 with two games in hand over log lead­ers Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs came off sec­ond-best last time out to bot­tom-placed AmaZulu, los­ing 1-0 at home. So there is no rea­son why Stel­len­bosch can’t pull off an up­set over the men from Pre­to­ria.

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LEE-RAOUL Langeveldt is con­fi­dent Stel­len­bosch can get a pos­i­tive re­sult against Sun­downs tonight.

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