Phakisa Cup will feature lots of new faces
Posted: 4 July 2008 Time: 15:42
Soccer fans around Sasolburg in Mpumalanga are in for a warm Saturday when four Absa Premiership sides battle it out in the Phakisa Cup at the DP De Villiers Stadium.
The tournament features Free State Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The soccer bonanza kicks off with a game pitting Amakhosi against Ea Lla Koto at 09h00 before Phunya Sele Sele lock horns with Bucs at 11h00.
Whilst the Amakhosi faithful have already had taste of what to expect from their favorites this season after Chiefs lifted the Mpumalanga Premier’s Cup recently, the other three teams must still to show their supporters what they have to offer in the upcoming season.
Pirates have been busy in the transfer market bringing in some of the exciting players, including Thembile Kanono, Lebohang Mothibantwa and Thulasizwe Mbuyane.
The three new faces are expected to be in Pirates line-up tomorrow.
Bucs communication manager Mickey Modisane says even though they have had little time to prepare for this tournament, having only re-assembled on Wednesday for pre-season training under new coach Dutchman Rudi Krol, the Ghost should fasten their seat belts for an exciting show tomorrow.
“We have a new coach and new players and have only had two days to prepare, but we not going to make excuses.
“Even though this tournament will be part of our pre-season training, we want to give soccer fans in Sasolburg a treat tomorrow because we will be ready to beat any team in the finals.”
Pirates will miss Moeneeb Josephs, Teko Modise, Innocent Mdledle, Josephy Kamwendo and Gilbert Mushangazikhe who have all been given break after being involved recently in national team duty for their respective countries.
With Lebohang Mothibanthwa having left Celtic to join Pirates recently, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception Siwelele give their former star when he faces their team tomorrow.
Phunya Sele Sele also have a new coach in Mich D’Avray and he will also be on trial in terms of his plans for the team in the new season.
Both Phunya Sele Sele manager Khumbulane Konco and Ea Lla Koto brand manager Rantsi Mokoena says they will also be using the tournament to showcase new talent and to give some of their trialists a chance to make good tomorrow.
The arrival of former Cosmos defender Valery Nehayo at Naturena yesterday is good news for Amakhosi fans who can also expect to see Gordon Gilbert, Thabang Rooi, Reneilwe Letholonyane and Siphelele Mthembu in the famous black and gold colours tomorrow.
Coach Muhsin Ertugral has already been singing the praises of young George Lebese and Michael Nkambule, saying they are ready to take the PSL by storm in the new season.