FC AK will miss top trio in Giyani
Posted: 4 July 2008 Time: 2:42 pm
FC AK are expected to take the long road to Limpopo on Sunday to face Dynamos in their First Division PSL promotion play-offs at Giyani Stadium without the services of Charles Yohane, Lucky Maselesele and Chris Manoka, who have all been sidelined due to injury.
The absence of the trio was confirmed by FC AK’s coach Ali Akan, who also laments about the performance of the referee during their first leg game played at Eldorado Park Stadium on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be tough without those three key players. Playing away will also be a difficult task, but I hope the players will deliver what is expected of them.
“The refereeing on Wednesday was not good and I pray that we will find fair officiating in Giyani,” he added.
Dynamos’ managing director July Malabela has warned Bahumi that they will not taste victory in Giyani on Sunday.
“To be honest I was surprised by the way FC AK played on Wednesday. They defended at home instead of attacking. I want to tell them that they will find it tough here on Sunday. If they play like they did on Wednesday, I don’t see them beating us at home.”
Malabela said there were no injuries in their camp.
“We are not going to be fooled by FC AK’s statement about their injuries because we are ready and well prepared to face 11 men in the field of play, irrespective of whom they field.”
On Wednesday, Dynamos striker Louis Agyemang was the only livewire player on the field and gave the likes of Charles Yohane and Sashi Chalwe in FC AK’s defence a headache.
With Agyemang on form and former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Joseph Mthombeni calling the shots in the midfield, coach Innocent Mayoyo will be hoping to celebrate.
Despite the absence of Yohane, Maselesele and Manoka, Akan will still be able to call on the experience of Mark McVeigh and Alois Bunjira to revive the team’s hopes of promotion to the PSL next season.