Moriri must tread warily tonight

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Sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery for a couple of weeks, Moriri made a surprise appearance against Kaizer Chiefs during their goalless drawn Absa Premiership match at Loftus last week.

And although the coach gave him the last 20 minutes, he looked in fine fettle.

Moriri feels that tonight’s clash is the type that brings the best out of players and one usually does not need any motivation to do well in such games.

But due to the high profile nature of the game, there is a distinct possibility that national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira could be in attendance to monitor a few more players before he finalises his squad for the African Nations Cup tournament in Ghana.

Ezenkosi have been experiencing a bad patch lately in that goals have deserted the team.

“We create chances, as our previous games show, but we are not putting them away. That is of concern to us. Since our last game against Santos we have been engaged in a number of friendlies against amateur and first division teams and things are improving. We hope to turn the corner very soon and start banging them in, hopefully starting with Sundowns,” says Ezenkosi team manager Andrew Rabutla.

“All the players are back from their international duties. Only El Hadji Samb has been delayed because of flight problems and the Senegalese football authorities have already been in touch with us offering their apologies. We understand that and are comfortable with that. Otherwise we have no suspensions and only Davies Mwape is out injured since the Santos game. He is receiving treatment as we speak.

“While we know it’s not going to be easy, as Sundowns also need those points, we are going to put up a fight and hopefully bag all three points,” Rabutla said.

In the absence of Mwape, the goalscoring responsibilities will fall on the shoulders of the exciting Lethola Mofokeng, who has been improving with every game.