Rise and Shine line up key friendlies

City, who recently appointed Jozef Vukusic as their coach on a four-year contract, are looking to have a much better season after finishing in 12th place on the Absa Premiership standings.

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Rise and Shine will take on National First Division side Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Saturday, before tackling Limpopo rivals Baroka FC. Vukusic’s men will meet SuperSport United on July 21 and then face newly promoted Highlands Park three days later.

Maccabi, who were promoted to the First Division, will be the side’s next opponents.

They will round up their pre-season preparations against former Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on July 28.

The friendlies will give Vukusic a chance to find the right combinations before the new campaign gets underway, after bringing in new players recently.