Amakhosi bank on certainty

2008-07-23 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — Kaizer Chiefs will not be lulled into a false sense of security when they meet arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in their Vodacom Challenge clash at Port Elizabeth’s ERPU Stadium tonight.

Pirates fielded a reserve team in their Challenge clash against Manchester United in Durban on Tuesday night and were beaten 1-0 in a lacklustre match.

The best match of the tournament so far was the opening game between United and Amakhosi which ended one-all at Newlands last Saturday. Both outfits fielded almost full-strength sides.

Chiefs’ coach Muhsin Ertugral said yesterday: “When we play Pirates they will field a totally new side and it will be a whole new ball game. I will not make a lot of changes as I want to keep the momentum from last Saturday going.

“I was happy with the commitment and spirit shown by my players against United. While I want to give as many players a chance … chopping and changing is not the answer. I want to beat Pirates and get a second chance to beat United.”

Ertugral pointed out that against Chiefs, Ferguson fielded his two top strikers — England star Wayne Rooney and classy Argentine international Carlos Tevez — with the experience of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs in midfield and club captain Gary Neville at right back.

Ertugral is happy with the way his new players, Venezuelan striker Torrealba and midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, have settled in.

“Torrealba needs a little time to adjust to our system, but he is doing well and will be a huge asset. I am also pleased with the commitment of my central defender, Jonathan Quartey, who played superbly against United.”

The man of the match against United was 21-year-old keeper, Itumeleng Khune, who got rave reviews from Ferguson afterwards. Khune is the best keeper in the country and has remarkable nerves and temperament for one so young.

The Bucs big guns are new goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs and central defender Benson Mhlongo who will get the job of marking Torrealba. Both will make their Bucs debuts.

Mhlongo, a Bafana Bafana international, will not be intimidated. “I have played in a number of African Nations Cup tournaments and they are tough. So I am not scared of the derby. I am raring to go.”

Krol will also beef up his defence which shone against United by adding Bafana cap Innocent Mdledle and Mhlongo to Lucas Thwala and Lehlohonolo Seema.

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