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Black Leopards cannot afford to lose a second derby at home
14 September 2019, 6:08 PM

Black Leopards striker Lesedi “TT” Kapinga says his side is preparing for the Limpopo Absa Premiership derby against Baroka FC like they do with any other opposition.

The sides meet on Sunday afternoon (Kick-off at 15:00) in Thohoyandou. Kapinga, who scored two goals so far this season wants to do better in front of goal.

The sides are separated by one point on the league table with the hosts in 12th spot with four points and their visitors in ninth position with five points all from four matches.

The 24 year old, though seen as one of the threats in the Leopards camp, does not want to focus on himself as a target.

Tshwarelo Bereng,  who just returned from national duty with Lesotho, spoke about working with his country’s new coach Thabo Senong, saying he has seen the difference the mentor brought to the team.

As far as the derby is concerned Bereng says it will come down to who wants it the most on Sunday.

Lidoda Duvha bagged maximum points in both legs of this tie last season, and Bakgaga have had a better start to the 2019/2020 campaign.

The midfielder says he and teammates are now understanding coach Lionel Soccoia’s methods.

Meanwhile Soccoia says victory over their provincial rivals is not a negotiation this weekend.

After losing the first derby against Polokwane City in the season opener, Soccoia says his side cannot afford to lose to another rival at home. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago

We must finish the job at home – Ajao
14 September 2019, 3:01 PM

Glad Africa Championship team TS Galaxy will be looking to do well at home, when they host Madagascan team CNaPS Sport at the Mbombela stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Galaxy overcame another team from the island when they beat St Louis from Mauritius 2-0 on aggregate. Galaxy assistant coach Muisi Ajao says they want to finish the job at home.

Galaxy became the first team from the second-tier league to win the Nedbank Cup, when they beat Kaizer Chiefs last season.

They will also be trying to reach the group stages of the competition if they overcome the Madagascans in the two-legged tie. Ajao says they have what it takes to go all the way.

Ajao says Galaxy’s main ambition will be to gain promotion to the PSL next season. Last season they missed out on promotion despite winning the Nedbank Cup.

This season they have played two matches and drawn all of them to find themselves in 11th place. – Report by Vincent Sitsula

Nyirenda pleased with Baroka’s form
13 September 2019, 8:50 PM

Baroka FC Head Coach Wedson Nyirenda says his side has been working hard on their finishing and defense during the international break.

Nyirenda is also pleased to have most of his players including captain Mduduzi “Jomo” Mdantsane and defender Bonginkosi Makume from injury.

The coach says the only person not in camp is Manuel Kambala who was on international duty with his country Mozambique.

Baroka are preparing for the Absa Premiership Limpopo derby against Black Leopards in Thohoyandou on Sunday afternoon (Kick-off at 15:00).

Nyirenda’s men are placed ninth on the log with five points from four encounters while their hosts are 12th with four points from the same number of games.

The former Zambia national team mentor says the sides’ last result adds a spice to Sunday’s clash.

Nyirenda says he is not intimidated by the crowd at Thohoyandou Stadium saying he has faced bigger and louder fans adding that packed venue always motivates his players.

The 52-year-old has been one of the vocal coaches in the domestic league against xenophobia and gender-based violence.

Last week, Nyirenda together with Pitso Mosimane, Steve Komphela and Kalusha Bwalya held a press conference in Johannesburg to voice their concerns and encourage tolerance and unity among Africans.

Nyirenda says he is pleased with the small difference he has seen after that event.

– Report by Lethabo Kganyago

Mosimane unsure whether to use regular or fringe players
13 September 2019, 8:06 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is not sure if he will use regular or fringe players, when his team takes on Cote dÓr in the CAF Champions League first round first leg clash in Seychelles on Saturday afternoon.

Sundowns overcame Congo-Brazzaville team AS Otoho in the preliminary round last month.

Mosimane says undermining the islanders might backfire.

Sundowns have got a crucial cup encounter next week on Wednesday, when they will be hosting SuperSport United in the MTN 8 semi-final second leg clash in Atteridgeville.

Mosimane would not want to risk key players getting injured in Seychelles, and on the other hand he would like to finish the job early in the champs league first leg match.

Sundowns will be bidding to reach the champs league group stages for the seventh time in their history.

They have also won the competition in 2016, and also reached the final in 2001. Mosimane says they will not undermine their opponents.

– Report by Vincent Sitsula

Arrows aim to stay on course for 60-point mark – Ncikazi
13 September 2019, 6:41 PM

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Mandla Ncikazi says everyone at the club is determined to end their first five games of the Absa Premiership season with their target of 10 points, which will essentially keep them on track to hit the 60-point mark come the end of the campaign.

Abafana Bes’thende are preparing to welcome AmaZulu FC to Clermont for the Durban derby on Saturday afternoon. (Kick-off at 15:00)

Arrows have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign with two wins and a draw from their first three matches, but Ncikazi says they are still short of their target.

While Arrows’ results from the opening four rounds have left them sixth on the table, AmaZulu FC are last so far having lost three of their four games. And even though they are propping up the log, Ncikazi still reckons this will be their toughest test yet.

The Lamontville side have so far beaten Maritzburg United and Chippa United as well as drawn with Orlando Pirates in Soweto.

Their solitary loss was a 5-0 hammering away at Bloemfontein Celtic. Nonetheless, Ncikazi feels Usuthu is the most difficult of opponents from the opening five fixtures.

Both teams are also coming off a lengthy two-week international break. In terms of head-to-head, AmaZulu FC hold the advantage from recent seasons, and have not lost to Arrows since 2017.

Ncikazi, though, feels things could be different this time, adding that he was hoping for a more open derby at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

 

– Report by Thahir Asmal

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