Roger Sikhakhane confident of Thanda Royal Zulu victory over Royal Eagles


Big spenders Eagles were once Thanda main challengers at the top of the table this season, but have fallen by the wayside as they now sit 13 points adrift in fourth place.

They welcome Sikhakhane's side on Saturday afternoon (15h00) on the back of a shock 3-1 defeat to AmaZulu in midweek.

Meanwhile, Amabhubesi were held to 1-1 stalemate by closest rivals Black Leopards at home on Wednesday, but they still maintain their nine-point lead with six matches to play.

Sikhakhane says Eagles will give his side something different to Leopards, but remains confident that they'll come away with the win.

"It'll be a tough one but it's going to be a different game compared to the game against Black Leopards," said Sikhakhane.

"We are going to put them under pressure and we've got nothing to lose there so we're going to play football.

"If you play against Eagles, they are not predictable; they can win today, they can lose tomorrow, and sometimes they win but you don't know how they won. But for us it is to prepare ourselves and go and get the points there."

Meanwhile, the former Chippa United mentor says they will not have a special plan to tightly mark NFD top scorer Sedwyn George, who scored his 20th goal of the season against Usuthu, as he scores "mostly penalties" as opposed to Thanda's Mhlengi Cele, who is currently on 16 goals.

"We don't have a special plan for him [George]. If you have noticed, he scores mostly penalties and maybe he's scored eight penalties compared to Mhlengi," he added.

"Mhlengi scores in open play and you can't compare him with George. I know he [George] is going to be there around the 18 yard box.

"If you can calculate his goals he has scored, most of them are spot kicks. We are not worried about him, unless he can get a penalty then he'll score."

A win for Thanda today will see them only need seven more points from their remaining matches to confirm their return to the Absa Premiership for the first time since 2009.

Thanda will also be boosted by the return of club captain Innocent Maela, who missed the Leopards clash due to suspension.