Maluleke relishing MTN8 challenge

Rise and Shine qualified for the top-eight tournament for first time in their history after finishing last season in sixth and are now targeting their first-ever semi-final berth in a major PSL competition tournament.

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Polokwane first need to overcome the Citizens in the last eight this weekend, but Maluleka believes the team have impressed during pre-season under coach Bernard Molekwa and are primed for the game in the Mother City.

“The preparations have been fine. Everything has been going well. The new players have been gelling well and we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday,” said Maluleke

“The coach has been like a father to us. The chairman has given him a chance and now it is time for us to show our support by doing well on the field of play.”

The Limpopo-based side lost 2-0 against Cape Town City in their last trip to Cape Town in the 2016/17 season and Maluleke is aware of the tough challenges of getting results in the Mother City.

“It’s going to be a totally different game [compared to their league loss]. Qualifying for top eight was a big achievement. We will try by all costs to go to the next stage [semi-finals] and hopefully go to the finals,” he said.