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Mosimane: Plotting a miracle?

Mosimane: Plotting a miracle?

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to start afresh under Pitso Mosimane after their Telkom Knockout failure when they face Free State Stars on Wednesday.

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A controversial goal saw Bloemfontein Celtic end their seven-year trophy drought on Saturday as they edged Downs 1-0 in the Ziwa Mo final.

Johan Neeskens was subsequently sacked, with former Bafana Bafana and SuperSport United mentor Mosimane named his successor.

Mosimane's first task as the new man in charge at Chloorkop will be to address the Pretoria outfit's woeful Premiership standing.

The Brazilians lay one place off the foot of the table after 12 matches, although are tied on ten points with two other clubs and trail 12th-placed Ajax Cape Town by just two points.

Considering their precarious league position, Downs shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands reckons the struggling club can ill-afford to dwell on the weekend's disappointment.

"There's no time to be hurting about the cup loss, because we have a very crucial and testing encounter against a potentially dangerous side," he told the club's official website.

"Playing against Free State Stars, especially in their back yard is always difficult, but we are geared up for the challenge.

"The Club is going through a transition period and we know it takes a bit of time, but we have to pick ourselves very quickly.

"Stars are a very confident side, as things are going much better for them in the league than it is for us. We have to apply ourselves well, and I believe we can go out there and get points."

Meanwhile, sixth-placed Ea Lla Koto can revive their stuttering season with a win at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Steve Komphela's men head into the midweek clash on the back of a 1-0 victory at struggling AmaZulu last time out.

Yet, Stars vice-captain Paulus Masehe reckons form will count for nothing, especially against a wounded foe.

"It's not going to be a walk in the park," he told the club's official website.

"Yes they have started the season very slowly and in recent games they seemed to be slowly finding their footing so we need to be very cautious tomorrow evening."

In team news ahead of the Free State clash, Downs ace Nyasha Mushekwi has been ruled out after picking up a knock during training.

Also missing the trip is full-back Punch Masenamela who is due for surgery. Midfielder Lebohang Mokoena has already gone under the knife and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Good news for Downs is that Bafana Bafana hitman Katlego Mphela, who has been out recovering from a knee operation, has travelled with the team.

Brazilians striker Edward Manqele will making his way to Qwa Qwa for the first time since he left Ea Lla Koto at the end of last season.

Downs trio Tebogogo Langerman, Hlompho Kekana and Doctor Mampuru, along with Ea Lla Koto's Lehlohonolo Thebakang will need to tread carefully as they all just one caution away from suspension.

Posted: 04/12/12 12:56

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