TS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela unfazed by Vusi Mkhatshwa Intel on his side


This afternoon it will be the first time the two teams from Mpumalanga face each in a competitive match.

Tickets for the encounter were said to be selling like hot cakes, perhaps fueled by the fact that the two clubs were at loggerheads recently over the use of the newly built Kameelrivier Stadium.

And then there is the issue of Mkhatshwa, who parted ways with Galaxy to join his old team Spurs. Mkhatshwa, who was sacked by Galaxy earlier this month, is responsible for signing almost all of the club's playing personnel.

"Ja, well I don't think that counts a lot with him being the former coach and all that," Malesela tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"What counts is what the teams do. I think the difficulty is that you don't really get a chance to watch the teams. You don't have a lot of footage on the teams and others. It becomes difficult to plan against that but what is required is for us as a team to plan for ourselves on how to win a match. Not specifically this kind of a match that is coming, but by saying what plan do we have to win matches you know. And we take it from there. I know that they have a few players that are suspended and we also have our situation as well. We have Mfundo Phungwayo, who is out with injury, muscle strain, so .. .there's disadvantages, there's advantages. But the advantage we have is that our team is slowly gelling, so we will just take it from there. It being our home game you know, we really want to win our home game. We must win our home game and that's the way you progress in the league. So we need to have some kind of stability at home and really make people feel that they are in our home ground.

"Yes, yes there is that pressure. There is always pressure in football. There's one reason or another why you should be winning matches, why you should make people happy. There's always a reason and you know this stadium is always filled. And for us to show appreciation to the people that always support and give them hope that one day there'll be a team in that region that plays in the PSL, it's for us to win our matches. But that doesn't come easy, we have to be a stable team, and we have to be a very consistent team for us to do that and it's not gonna be easy."

Both teams are on only four points, with the Emalahleni-based side on position 14 and Galaxy in 13th after five matches played so far in the 2018/19 National First Division season.

The much-anticipated game kicks off at 15h00.