Maluleka fires Highlands warning

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Amakhosi will be visiting the Lions of the North at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Tuesday evening, with kick-off scheduled for 19h30.

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This will be the first time the two sides clash since February 2017, before Highlands suffered relegation back to the First Division, with Chiefs boasting a 100 percent winning record in their two prior meetings.

With Giovanni Solinas’s side riding an impressive three-match winning streak at present, Maluleka has set his sights firmly on continuing the momentum as they gun for top spot on the standings.

“It has to be three points. Of course, I don’t take anything away from our opponent, but we want to continue our winning run,” Maluleka told his club’s website.

“Highlands Park are a good side. It’s always difficult against them, as they are fighters. They also have a very experienced coach in Owen da Gama.

“We just need to keep our focus and be mentally strong. We have now won three games in a row and that has given us a lot of faith. We want to build on that. We want to keep the momentum.”

‘Mido’, who hails from the East Rand township where Park are based, is eager to return to his old stomping ground where he still holds fond memories of his youth career.

“I used to play there [at Makhulong Stadium] from the age of six or seven, participating in youth games and tournaments. It was wonderful. I used to score a lot of goals,” he reminisced.

After picking up the Man of the Match gong on his return from injury against Free State Stars a fortnight ago, the former SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town playmaker missed the recent 2-0 win over AmaZulu due to another injury.

However, the 29-year-old assures it was nothing serious as he explained the nature of the thigh injury that had him sidelined.

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“I had a grass burn on the side of my thigh, which got infected. The doctor advised me to take a bit of a rest to let the wound heal properly,” he concluded.

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