Middendorp calls for bravery

Coach Ernst Middendorp has called on his troops to show hunger going into tonight’s Absa Premiership encounter against Bidvest Wits. “I’m calling on all in the team to bring their A-game. We have to, everyone should show bravery tonight.”

Middendorp has expressed confidence in his side ahead of the 19:30 kick-off at Bidvest Stadium.

“We will do all that is possible to win this game,” the German mentor added. “That’s if we go in with full confidence and the will to win. We have all what it takes to win any match. Of course, Wits are a tough opponent, but they’re not an exception. We must use all what’s in our control to take charge of this match.”

Middendorp has injury worries, but he believes that he has a good enough squad to do well on any day.

Middendorp confirmed the following, “Itumeleng Khune underwent shoulder surgery and should return in six months. Mulomowandau Mathoho is recovering from an ankle injury.

The good news is that ‘Tower’ is out of plaster, is now using a moon booth and started some physiotherapy workout. Philani Zulu is recovering from a facial fracture, but he will still be out for three weeks.

There’s a ray of light from the medical room with Ramahlwe Mphahlele recovering from a knee injury with the defender doing some light training. Joseph Molangoane, meanwhile, is recovering from an ankle injury. He’s already doing some sprinting ball-work.

“If there’s any player who struggles to be motivated to do well against the table toppers, they’ll be in the wrong job,” insists Middendorp. “This match is not about league positions. It’s about playing the Wits side that’s currently on a high. We will apply all our resources to beat them. We must just convert our chances.”