Comments ahead of Sunday’s games
Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 3:49 pm
We get to hear what some of the clubs have to say ahead of Sunday's Absa Premiership action.
AMAZULU vs SANTOS
Calvin Petersen, AmaZulu assistant coach “If the strikers get into the habit of playing to their strengths we can be unbeatable. But playing a disciplined team like Santos will mean it will be hard to break them down. We will have to put them under pressure while we try and play our football and for sure they will make mistakes”
Boebie Solomons, Santos coach "We showed tremendous character [against SuperSport United] and never gave up to literally the final whistle and got our reward. This augers well for Santos and we will need all that spirit and character in the second half of the league which is going to be really tough this season.”
AJAX CAPE TOWN vs GOLDEN ARROWS
Jan Pruijn, Ajax Cape Town caretaker coach “I think it’s clear to everyone that this match is about revenge for us. No player will ever forget what happened and that will probably be the big motivation going into the match. I think the win against Swallows after such a big loss was huge for the players. It was all about the hunger to perform and play for each other on the park.”
Manqoba Mngqihi, Lamontville Golden Arrows coach “It’s not going to be easy to repeat what we did to Ajax in the cup final, especially when you have to play them again after a short time. Maybe after the game against Chiefs my players will be focused again.”
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS vs JOMO COSMOS
Hristo Stoitchkov, Mamelodi Sundowns coach "[Platinum] Stars gave us a tough game. But we have to be disciplined and need to get back to our winning form. Cosmos will not be easy."
Siza Dlamini, Jomo Cosmos striker “Sundowns are a team with big name players and a big reputation. They have our respect for all they have achieved, but we are not scared of them. When we play against a team like Sundowns everyone is motivated to beat them and I feel we are hungry enough to do so.”
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC vs MPUMALANGA BLACK ACES
Thabo Nthethe, Bloemfontein Celtic captain “We are aware that we disappointed our supporters (in midweek against Jomo Cosmos) and everyone associated with the club but the focus now is to bounce back with victory. It is not going to be easy against Aces, who lost their last game but we have to go all out. They are coming here with the intention of making amends no one wants to lose two matches in a row but this is what is going to make the game interesting.”
Sammy Troughton, Mpumalanga Black Aces coach “Celtic are a good team and more desperate especially in their back yard. As Aces, we will give them the respect they deserve but they must expect a tough game. We have to rectify our away record and I believe we can start with our games on Sunday. We have to win at all costs to move away from the danger zone. I have spoken to the players about the importance of winning the game and they promised to give their all to ensure that we get the three points at stake.”