Depleted Sundowns confident

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Apart from the suspension of four key players, the Brazilians’ coach reports on the club’s website, that striker Manqoba ‘Shakes’ Ngwenya will not be available for selection.

“I have a couple of suspensions. OJ Mabizela, Benson Mhlongo, Brent Carelse and Papi Mungomeni. Shakes Ngwenya is out injured and will not travel to Durban,” says the four-time Championship-winning coach.

“The many breaks that we have had have done us the world of good. The guys are looking very sharp from our pre-season. They have all come through it nicely and everybody is fired up.”

Igesund believes that the addition of new players acquired during the open transfer period has added some interesting mix in the squad. Of cause with the new signings that I have brought in, everybody is fighting for their place in the starting line-up. This is an excellent situation to be in.

“We want to retain our championship. Sure, we have an uphill battle ahead of us but we are confident that we can turn this whole thing around by winning five to six of our first games we can put pressure on other teams.”

The first round encounter between the two sides on August 15 resulted in a shock 2-1 defeat for the Brazilians.

“The spirit in the camp is excellent and the players are eager and the national team players all came back healthy with no injuries but of cause Benson will miss the game through suspension. Overall, I am very happy with what we have done in the last five weeks and we are looking forward to our game against AmaZulu.”

Igesund adds that Sundowns have a busy schedule ahead of them.

“Straight after the AmaZulu match we leave for Zanzibar for our Champions League match. And we come back three days later we play against Pirates. So you can see that it is a hectic schedule and this is the reason why I added some depth into the squad.”