Brazil face Sobantu in do-or-die derby

2010-02-26 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG derby in the Vodacom League between strugglers Brazil FC and Sobantu Shooting Stars has all the ingredients of an exciting encounter in store for fans.

The two sides campaigning in the Safa KZN Vodacom League meet at Sobantu Stadium on Sunday at 3 pm.

With two games to round up the season, Brazil sit in a precariously dangerous position, 13th in the log, and must get maximum points to avoid the axe.

Sobantu, who had a bad start to the season, are assured of safety as they have turned the corner and are lying ninth on the log.

In their matches last week, Sobantu and Brazil recorded 0-0 draws against Globe City and Rangers respectively.

As they meet tomorrow evening, they should be eager to show who is “the real boss” of uMgungu­ndlovu district.

Adding spice to this clash is that about six Brazil players are from Sobantu area and once played for Sobantu. These include the likes of goalkeeper Kisetse Ngcobo, Siyabonga Mthembu, Bongumusa Madondo and Senzo Rhee Ndima.

In the first-round meeting Brazil lost 3-0.

Brazil assistant coach Mpendulo “Slender” Satywa said they were anticipating a tough encounter.

“Our mission is to save the team from relegation so we cannot afford to lose this game. The game being a derby is really going to be tough, but we must come out with something,” said Satywa, who previously worked with Sobantu development teams.

Sobantu coach Glen “Suh” Mhlongo said, “It is difficult to play teams who have their backs against the wall. We experienced that when we were held 0-0 by Globe City.

“We hope our plan to apply pressure and punish Brazil through accurate finishing will work for us on the day.”

Meanwhile, Maritzburg City, who were blasted 4-1 by Bright Stars at Sikhawini last week, will be looking to bounce back when they host Wembezi Juventus at Northdale tomorrow afternoon.

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