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22 Dec 2010 10:25
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane has warned his teammates not to underestimate Black Aces.
Amakhosi travel to the Puma Rugby Stadium to take on Neil Tovey’s charges in their last PSL clash of 2010.
Vladimir Vermezovic’s troops will back themselves to overcome an Aces outfit who have failed to win in their last five fixtures, but Letsholonyane says Chiefs will take nothing for granted.
He told the club’s official website: “We experienced enough to know that any team who plays against Chiefs lifts their game and come out giving everything they have.
“Aces might have been beaten by Amazulu over the weekend in my view that will only make them more determined to want to win against us, we are under no illusions and know exactly what we will have to do to win this game.
“It is going to require another strong team effort from us to win this game.”
Aces will be minus the services of hotshot Mpho Maleka, who has netted six times this term, as he is sidelined through suspension.
Aces players need to be watched
However, Letsholonyane doesn’t believe that this will hamper Aces’ chances.
“I have seen Mpho play a couple of times this season and he can be a troublesome player and defenders have found it hard keeping him quiet.
“Obviously he is not playing, that won’t really mean much to us. They have players who have worked around him who are just as creative and need just one chance to influence the outcome of the game.
“One of their most recognised players might not be playing but there are still eleven Aces players we will need to keep under control.”
Amakhosi have some selection woes of their own with both Itumeleng Khune and Mandla Masango missing the tie through suspension.
“It never ideal to be without players who have played regularly.
“Through the season we have displayed that we have a strong squad at various times different players have been out.
“We are fortunate in that we having a big squad of players and we have players who can fill in.”—www.football360.co.za
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