PSL pace-setters SuperSport United are establishing themselves as a fearsome force to be reckoned with.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori have come out fighting this season, taking an early lead after three matches.
Before they ran riot in the league, they played a trailer of what it’s going to be like when they outplayed Manchester City with a 2-0 win during the pre-season.
The three time PSL champions, under the tutelage of Cavin Johnson, are at the zenith of the Absa Premiership.
The nine points they’ve amassed have come in style with emphatic wins over Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs, who they beat 4 -1 and 3-1 respectively.
In between was a less convincing win over University of Pretoria.
Johnson has had his men pushing and eager to make an impression in every match.
“I always tell my players that you have to leave a legacy on the pitch whether you win or lose. We have to play good football,” he said.
Johnson’s desire to put on a decent show has resonated well with his players who like to express themselves. The likes of Bennet Chenene, David Mathebula and George Maluleka look to be inspired by their coach as they go all out when attacking.
SuperSport have been superb, with midfielders and strikers creating countless chances. That they managed eight goals in three matches is testimony to their lethal status.
With Mame Niang or Bradley Grobler the strike force in a format that has five men in midfield, SuperSport are tough customers who often prove hard to contain.
SuperSport’s next opponents, Mpumalanga Black Aces, who host the Tshwane giants at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow, are aware of the danger that comes with entertaining the men from the capital city.
“We know SuperSport are a tricky side to beat, especially when they are top of the log,” said midfielder Sandile Zuke.
Zuke and his teammates have been dishing out brilliant displays despite winning just once and losing twice in the league so far.
The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is confident that AmaZayoni can put a spanner in the works for SuperSport.
“We are playing at home and we are planning on giving our home fans value for their money with yet another impressive performance and hopefully maximum points,” said Zuke.
But three points will not be a walk in the park as Aces have to first do away with strongholds in the SuperSport team.
They have to be on guard against dangerous wing play, which features Chenene and Thuso Phala.
That shouldn’t be the only worry. for Aces. They have to dismantle SuperSport’s solid centre backs – Thabo September and Mor Diouf, who rarely put a foot wrong.
With a troublesome striker like Mabhuti Khenyeza and a tricky wide man in Thabo Qalinge, Aces also have something up their sleeve.
Zuke says he and his teammates are looking at making sure that they get three points against the hot favourites. “It’s important to pick up points as early as possible in the marathon that is the league campaign, and what better way to do that than by grabbing the full points in front of our home fans.”
If their previous matches are anything to go by, tomorrow’s clash should be an interesting affair as the two sides have both been playing well. - Pretoria News