Santos will be looking to outdo another team at the top of the Absa Premiership table when they welcome Free State Stars to the Athlone on Wednesday evening, kick-off at 19h30.
The People’s Team have struggled to escape the bottom of the log, but they will be hoping that the luck comes their way when they meet the PSL’s surprise package Free State Stars, a side which Nasief Morris believes their success comes from their coach.
“Steve Khompela is a fantastic coach and I think he has changed a lot of things in the team,” admitted the on-loan SuperSport defender.
“I mean they are a team that comes in under the radar as we have seen them popping up and it just shows they have quality in their team and everyone is not focusing on them.”
Having seen off Kaizer Chiefs two weeks ago at Athlone, and Orlando Pirates a few months prior to that, Morris has underlined the importance of belief and aggressiveness that his team can outshine the stars.
“We have to believe that we can win because of the situation we are in. It is our last three games and it is our last few chapters to write so we have to make sure that we fulfill our objectives.
“We have to be more aggressive which is an aspect we discussed in our last game. We have to go into this game believing we can do it.
“Free State Stars a quite an aggressive team, they come out quite full-on in attack and they have fast players and it is the belief that they have that has brought them to where they are. We have to try and make sure that doesn’t happen against us,” added Morris.
Meanwhile, the Ea Lla Koto are bursting with confidence after they secured an empathic 4-1 win over Maritzburg United on the weekend, and Mzikayise Mashaba is still favouring his team’s chances of a title despite sitting in fifth.
“We do fancy our chances still as title contenders, but I was expecting more from the season. We lost games were we shouldn’t have, so that is disappointing.”
The midfielder then went on to say that he would prefer to play a Jo’burg based club as he knows the trips to Cape Town are never as easy, but they are settling for nothing less than the three points.
“Santos is never an easy game especially in Cape Town, but we need the three points and we will go all out to get them.
“Playing in Cape Town is difficult, it is easier to play in Johannesburg, which is a lot better for us in terms of the weather, the ground and when it is night time.
“We have a bit of experience in Cape Town, but we need those points and hopefully we will be celebrating at the end of the game.”
Ayanda Gcaba and Paulus Masehe will both be missing for the travelling side, while for Santos Erwin Isaacs and Pere Ariweriyai will have to watch from the stands due to suspension.
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