Chiefs wary of Vasco striker

2010-11-27 00:00

KAIZER Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic has assessed Vasco Da Gama and says veteran striker Sibusiso Zuma is the man to watch when the teams clash in tonight’s PSL clash at FNB Stadium.

Chiefs will be playing in a league game that will double as preparation for their all-important Telkom Knockout final against Orlando Pirates next Saturday, also at FNB.

Vermezovic has said he will rest two of his Bafana Bafana stars, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and left midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, who are both on two yellow cards, rather than risk having them suspended for the final.

The Serbian said veteran Zuma, the ex-Copenhagen and Bafana star forward who joined Vasco at the beginning of this season, is the Cape team’s danger man.

“Zuma is the key player. I have seen their videos and they a very tough unit. They fight hard and we can expect this on Saturday,” Vermezovic said.

Vasco striker Jonathan Armorgam, defender Rudi Isaacs and midfielder Joseph Kamwendo were also mentioned by Vermezovic as players his side need to keep a sharp eye on tonight.

Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona is the on-form player for Chiefs having scored three goals in two games, including a brace in Amakhosi’s 3-1 derby league victory against Pirates a fortnight ago.

Vermezovic, though, pointed out that Chiefs are far from being a one-man team.

“Knowledge is a key player for us, but I think we have two or three others that can do the job just as he is doing now,” the coach said. “But they have to fight to start in the team and that’s how it is here at Chiefs.”

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to extend their lead at the top of the PSL and put the pressure on their nearest challengers when they host Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, also this evening.

Despite taking on the league leaders, Aces coach Neil Tovey said he believes his side have a chance of taking something from the game.

“No team in this league is unbeatable. We are playing well enough, but we can simply not afford to be generous against Sundowns,” He said.

Tovey has made a difference in Aces’ form since arriving there last month, but the stark reality is that the Mpumalanga team have only picked up one point from a possible nine in their last three games and suffered a 3-1 beating at the hands of Arrows in their last league match.

AmaZayoni remain second from bottom in the standings, but a victory could well lift them clear of the danger zone.

For Sundowns, striker Katlego Mphela is hoping to return from injury.

Struggling AmaZulu host Free State Stars this afternoon and Usuthu coach Manqoba Mngqithi is expecting another tough outing for his team.

“It won’t be easy playing Stars,” the coach said. “They will be on a high after beating Ajax Cape Town in their last game.

“We haven’t been playing consistently, so we’ll be under a lot of pressure to do well. There will be a lot of anxiety on our side.”

After eight games, Usuthu find themselves in 13th position, having managed a solitary win and four draws.

 

Today: AmaZulu v Free State Stars (Princess Magogo Stadium, 3.30 pm – live on SABC1), Mamelodi Sundowns v Mpumalanga Black Aces (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 6 pm – live on SuperSport 4), Moroka Swallows v SuperSport United (Dobsonville Stadium, 8.15 pm – live on SABC 1), Kaizer Chiefs v Vasco Da Gama (FNB Stadium, 8.15 pm – live on SuperSport 4)

Tomorrow: Platinum Stars v Lamontville Golden Arrows (Royal Bafokeng Stadium, 3.30 pm – live on SABC 1), Bloemfontein Celtic v Santos (Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, 3.30 pm – live on SuperSport 4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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