Moriri braced for crunch clash
Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Surprise Moriri expects Free State
Stars to come out swinging when the clubs collide in the Nedbank Cup
semi-finals on Saturday.
Downs will entertain in-form Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium, with
the visitors boasting impressive wins over Orlando Pirates and Kaizer
Chiefs earlier in the competition.
"We are taking this game very seriously because we are aware that
we have to get to the final, as we really need this cup," Moriri told
"It's not going to be an easy game, since we know that Free State
Stars will come to us very motivated and the fact that they really want
to lift this cup as well.
"Their road to the semi-finals has not been easy either because
they have beaten big sides such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
"The other interesting factor to consider is that we will be
playing them twice within a short space of time, as we will be playing
them again in the league and that makes this match a very tough game for
The ex-Bafana Bafana star expects an open contest in Tshwane, and called on the Chloorkop faithful to make their presence felt.
"Free State Stars are not just getting the results but they are
also playing some good football and that makes for an interesting and
exciting match for the spectators," he said.
"I also would like say to our supporters that we understand they
are very disappointed about the results from the past game and we are
also very disappointed.
"They must keep coming to the stadium and support us because this is where we need them the most.
"The supporters should also know that we want do well as much as
they want it and we go to this match with good intentions," concluded
The Brazilians enter proceedings on the back of a 2-0 PSL loss to
Chiefs, while Ea Lla Koto edged Santos 1-0 in their previous test.
Both teams are chasing league honours as well, with Downs two
points behind leaders Pirates, and Stars four points off the pace with
two games left.