Manqele braced for crunching tackles

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Manqele, who recently joined the National First Division side, has already netted twice in the five games he has played for the joint-log leaders.

"Obvious it won't be easy," he tells KickOff.com.

"So far the games we have played it wasn't easy. There was a stage where it was very difficult. So against Jomo it won't be easy because you know Jomo, they are more physical, bayalwa (they fight). But we are ready, even the squad is right. Obviously, I mean we are playing home so I don't think there's anything that can stop us because I mean we are having a great season now. And obviously we just want to maintain the number one spot, as now we are in number two. So we want to make sure that here in Thohoyandou it's our slaughterhouse. So we just have to go there and make sure we collect three points. Obviously in Thohoyandou it's hot, so sometimes coming here most teams they struggle because the weather conditions are not the same, here it's always hot. And also that can be an advantage and supporters are playing a big role you know. Even us, we pushing, hence I say we got a good squad and we can compete all the way."

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs forward believes Vhadau Vha Damani's good start this season is partly down to the influx of players with PSL experience in the squad.

"I think there was an article about the coach [Sello Chokoe] saying last season we only had youngsters and this season it's a different team.There are senior players, players who played in the PSL. Those youngsters will gain a lot from our PSL experience, it will help a lot the youngsters because they must learn from us you know. Having PSL experience obviously it's an advantage you know. We are getting along well, even the coach believes in us. He's got that confidence in his players. His confidence makes us players want to work for him. We are willing to work for him."

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