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Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says Free State Stars are 'stubborn'

Posted: 11 September 2017 Time: 14:30

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana knows they are in for a difficult 90 minutes against a Free State Stars side now coached by Belgian Luc Eymael.

Eymael did well as Polokwane City coach last season, transforming them into a top eight challenging side after struggling with relegation battles in their first few seasons in the topflight.

Eymael is now in charge at Ea Lla Koto, after replacing Sammy Troughton, and Kekana has prepared himself for a gruelling encounter, but has stressed the importance of picking up maximum points.

The sides meet at Goble Park on Monday night. Kick-off is at 18h00. 

“It will be a tough game. We are going to Goble Park and every time you go there you must be prepared for a tough time. We need to be soldiers,” Kekana tells

"I know that they are determined for the game. Remember when he [Eymael] was at Polokwane City, they were difficult to play against. If he brings the same mentality, it will be difficult. They are a stubborn team and I know they will not make it easy for us, but we just have to stick to our plan."

Kekana adds: “We need to collect the points, so that when games start coming thick and fast we have the points in the bag. Soon we will be playing catch up [because of the CAF Champions League] and it won't be easy.”

After beating Tshwane rivals SuperSport United 2-0 in their opening Absa Premiership encounter, Sundowns were stunned by a Rodney Ramagalela double in their 2-1 defeat to Polokwane City at Loftus before the international break.

They are eager to bounce back and you can expect to see Mosimane’s men going all out for the victory.

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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