Monare: They'll throw everything at us


The Absa Premiership leaders will host Maritzburg, who replaced coach Muhsin Ertugral with Eric Tinkler this week, at 20h00 at Bidvest Stadium.

Wits will aim to open a five-point gap at the summit, while the Team of Choice are looking for only their second win of the season in their 19th league assignment.

"Preparations for the game are normal, like we always do for the other games," Monare tells

"Obviously we are playing a team that is at the bottom, so it's going to be difficult. I think the way they are playing they are going through a rough patch at the moment, so it's just a matter of just winning one game that will help turn the corner you know. It's going to be difficult playing against them."

The Secunda-born star does not believe having a new coach will make United vulnerable.

"Well I wouldn't say it's the right time [to play them] because I mean you don't know what philosophy or mentality the new coach is going to use to approach the game. So for me, the way I see it, it's dangerous to play them now because honestly you don't know what kind of a team is going to come you see. So that's why I think every game is important now to them, every point counts. That means it's going to be very, very difficult. I mean at this point in time you know they are fighting for their lives. Every game it's a cup final for them.

"The second round I feel every team comes with a different mentality. The teams are calculating points at this time of the season, so it's very dangerous to play against any team you know. I mean people can see where the log is. This is the time of the season where I feel teams are more realistic when it comes to where they want to end up. So I mean people want to pick up as much points as they can at this time of the season. They will throw everything at us. They want to get out of where they are."

Asked if Mamelodi Sundowns' and Kaizer Chiefs' losses in midweek has eased the pressure in the title race, Monare says: "Not really, we still have a game to play you know. Honestly, in our team we focus on what we have to do. Whatever happens on the outside is beyond our reach. Let's just focus on the game that we are playing and give it our best. The more you focus on your game the better. You just have to worry about what you can do and everything is going to happen the way it should happen at the end of the day."