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SA SOCCER NEWS
Santos Seek Revenge 03/10/03
Santos will be out to avenge a painful Coca-Cola Cup defeat against Kaizer Chiefs two years ago when the two teams do battle in the first round of this seasons competition at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

In the 2001/02 version of the annual soccer extravaganza the Amkhosi broke the hearts of The Peoples Team with a thrilling 4-2 semifinal win before going on to hammer Jomo Cosmos 5-0 in the final.

Santos have built up an impressive list of honours over the past three seasons, and, as well as lifting the PSL championship two seasons ago, they have developed a taste for cup success by winning the Bob Save Super Bowl, BP Top 8 and Absa Cup.

The team from the Cape Flats is no longer an easy pushover and has started the season in steady fashion climbing to fifth place in the PSL three points behind the league leading Amakhosi.

Much responsibility will rest on the shoulders of their leading striker Jean-Marc Ithier, at 38 the oldest active player in the PSL. The powerful Mauritian has already found the back of the net a couple of times this season and the Chiefs defence will need to be at their best to combat his aerial prowess.

Defensively the experienced trio of captain Edries Burton, Kenyan Musa Otieno and Zimbabwean John Mbidzo will have to be ever alert in closing down the likes of John Shoes Moshoeu, Jabu Pule and Stanton Fredericks. With Kamaal Sait sitting out on suspension the Santos rearguard will do well in protecting young Brenden Wardles goal.

An eagle eye will also need to be kept on Chiefs new striker Sibusiso Dlamini. The Swazi international has impressed since his off season move to Naturena from Black Leopards and many people are crediting the hard running striker with creating the chances that have fallen to the evergreen Moshoeu.

For Chiefs their season seems to be going from strength buoyed by the form of Moshoeu and his six goals in as many matches.

The Glamour Club are sitting on top of the league and since wily old Ted Dumitru has taking over the coaching reins there is a wave of optimism amongst the clubs faithful that the glory days of the past are around the corner.

However they will have to do without the services of striker Kabamba Musasa who pulled a hamstring in training earlier in the week. Also out are defenders Nhlanhla Kubeka, who still has not recovered from a broken toe, and Peter Matshitse who has a shoulder injury.

A question mark also hangs over the fitness of defender Cyril Nzama. The 29-year-old Bafana Bafana right back tweaked a thigh muscle in a practice game against a touring team from Vietnam earlier in the week but expects to be fit come Saturday.

All in all Cape Town soccer fans are in for a feast of football as both teams begin their quest for the R2 million first prize.

Kickoff is at 3:15.

Kaizer Chiefs: (from) Baloyi, Fernandez, Mathibe, Sithole, Mabede, McCarthy, Mabotsa, Kannemeyer, Fransman, Mendu, Zwane, Fredericks, Mooki, Nengomasha, Pule, Sibeko, Moshoeu, Khanye, Motaung, Radebe, Richards, Mayo, Dlamini.

Santos: (from) Wardle, Mbidzo, Burton, Kirsten, Notoane, Francis, Mnchunu, Tsiu, Bantam, Tsotetsi, Ithier, Solomons, Bax, Otieno, Moloi, Xaba

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