Play-offs decider is here

2011-06-18 00:00

BLACK Leopards captain Mongezi Bobe is adamant they will beat Bay United in the second leg of the promotional play-offs.His counterpart, Mashiane Phadu, is equally confident of a win.

The first leg ended goalless at the Galvendale Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night and the return match is set for the Tshifulanani Stadium this afternoon. Kick-off is at 2.15 pm.

“We struggled here tonight at their home and did not play our game,” said Bobe. “They played very well and created more chances, but I don’t see them doing this up there. It was a tense game as no one wants to make a mistake, especially away from home.

“On Saturday we’ll be more relaxed and will play our own game; we are going to win this one,” the midfield dynamo said.

Phadu was as upbeat, but admitted they squandered chances they might regret.

“We had the better chances, but just could not finish them off. I hope it does not cost us, but the thing is that we know we had the better of them,” the defender said.

“It’s going to be tough up there, the crowd, the stadium, and they will be more confident, but we won’t allow that … We need to be sharper and I am sure we will be.”

Promotion reportedly carries with it a cash injection of R15 million.

Bay United have been poor in front of goal and have failed to score in four of the play-off matches. Leopards, on the other hand, will be concerned that they have failed to win promotion to the PSL in their last two play-off finals — against Vasco Da Gama and Black Aces.

The away goals rule will apply if the aggregate score is level after 90 minutes.

The only way the tie can go to a penalty shoot-out is if the score remains goalless after full and extra time.

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