Wits to test Sundowns in PSL clash

2011-09-13 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Veteran Bidvest Wits midfielder Stanton Fredericks expects his enthusiastic team-mates to offer a strong challenge to the star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns outfit in their Premiership clash in Nelspruit this evening.

Second-placed Sundowns are gradually starting to gel in a new system employed by coach Johan Neeskens, while coach Roger de Sa’s Wits, traditional giant-killers, look to improve on the log.

Fredericks said, “With Neeskens as their coach Sundowns have been playing the Dutch way of being attack- minded and ensuring that they keep possession.”

Wits are ninth on the table, having dealt with the frustration of being inactive over the last three weeks during the final rounds of the MTN8.

They have assembled a win, a loss and a draw from their three games in the league campaign.

Fredericks said, “To be honest, these stop-starts can be a bit of a frustration. Having said that, there are some positives because players can get more refreshed or get over injuries.

“As a team we have some momentum going and the break has given us a chance to work on some things that have not being working well for us.”

Sundowns, who carry seven points, can top the standings should they win the match.

The Brazilians have welcomed back top striker Katlego Mphela, who returned to training after recovering from a knee injury ahead of Bafana Bafana’s away match to Niger two weeks ago. New signing in Bafana and former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Hlompho Kekana is expected to make his club debut.

In the evening’s other fixture, Jomo Cosmos play AmaZulu in Daveyton.

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