Eagles battle with Milan

2016-02-03 06:00
NHLANHLA “ZORO” KAMBULE (front, in green) of Super Eagles FC is fighting for control of the ball with a player from the defunct Roses United FC during their recent clash. Zoro hopes to help his team beat Monaco Milan FC when the two teams go for a date at the Bethlehem Showgrounds on Saturday (06/02). Photo: Tladi Moloi

NHLANHLA “ZORO” KAMBULE (front, in green) of Super Eagles FC is fighting for control of the ball with a player from the defunct Roses United FC during their recent clash. Zoro hopes to help his team beat Monaco Milan FC when the two teams go for a date at the Bethlehem Showgrounds on Saturday (06/02). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BETHLEHEM. – The unpredictable Super Eagles Football Club (FC) hopes to give the red hot Monaco Milan FC its third loss of the season when they lock horns in the South African Football Association’s (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League encounter.

This takes place on Saturday (06/02) at the Bethlehem Showgrounds. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00.

The two teams’ previous encounter produced a five goal thriller in Milan’s favour, with Milan winning the game by 3-2 at the Flavious Mareka College Stadium on 19 September last year.

The home team will be gunning for revenge when they meet on Saturday. But they know it will not be easy to stop the runaway log leaders who are currently topping the log table with 40 points after 16 league games. They are seven and nine points ahead of their competition from the Central University of Technology (CUT) and Hunters FC, who are coming second and third respectively.

Milan comes to this encounter after beating Dinonyana with 2-0 at the Flavious Mareka Stadium on Saturday (30/01) while Eagles were not in action over the weekend.

With just a second game into the second round of the league, Eagles finds itself in an unfamiliar position. They are sitting on position 9 with 25 points after 15 games. At this time last season, Eagles were at the top of the table, battling for a championship with the defunct Roses United FC of Bloemfontein. However, they went on to lose a league on goal defence after both teams finished on 71 points each.

Sipho “Marco” Mkwanazi, the Eagles’ mentor, said they are ready for the game. He added that this game would determine if they are still in the title race or not.

“That game would not be easy. We would have to make sure that we finish our chances and protect our poles. We have played with them before and we know what to expect. They are very slow defensively and if we can capitalise on that, surely we will get three points,” he said.

Mkwanazi has urged his boys to pull up their socks in the second round. He said they were worried by their position on the log table. “We need to stop dropping points unnecessarily. The players are still positive that we can win the league. We just need to prepare them mentally,” he said.

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