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Mamelodi Sundowns captain Themba Zwane has given his thoughts on what could transpire when his side welcome Stellenbosch at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.

Sundowns have already won the first Q-innovation with a game in hand.

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Nonetheless, Zwane is convinced their match against Stellenbosch won’t be an easy one because of the pace Stellies have in front.

“To be honest it’s going to be a difficult game. Is that game where Stellenbosch will be looking to use their pace in front,” he stated.

“They are going to sit back and try to catch us on a counter-attack. Obviously, as a team, we know what to do. Take care of the ball, try to manage the game very well, and take our chances.

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Mshishi, as he is affectionately known, has insisted that Iqraam Rayners could cause damage upfront, and he describes him as Stellies main player currently. The 27-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions for Stellies last season.

“They have the likes of Rayners up front. That’s the guy they use a lot, give him balls and try to use his pace. He’s got technique and he’s their main player now.”

Stellenbosch has already begun life after the departure of Sibongiseni Mthethwa who joined Kaizer Chiefs on a three-year deal. Mthethwa was one of the key players for Steve Barker at Stellies. However, Zwane believes the departure of Mthethwa won’t weaken Stellenbosch.

“If you check the way coach Steve Barker does things, he always has someone similar to the player that has left.

“I mean he has a lot of players that are quick and aggressive on the ball. That’s what makes it difficult to play against Stellenbosch,” said Zwane.

Masandawana are currently on top of DStv Premiership log standings meanwhile, Stellenbosch are in 13th position. Both teams have played seven matches.

By Katleho Hlalele

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