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Premiership Preview: Rangers Versus Downs 02/01/04
The Castle Premiership league kicks off in 2004 with labouring Manning Rangers hosting struggling Sundowns at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday evening.

Rangers and Downs have 13 points each but the latter are placed 12th on the Premiership log by their goal difference, having conceded less goals than the Durban club.

Fifteen goals have passed South African and Brazilians goalkeeper Andre Arendse since he moved to Pretoria at the beginning of the season, while national under-23 keeper Chad Harpur has been beaten 19 times in 13 games.

Both teams are desperate for a win since their seasons have not started as they have expected and although the Maulers have home advantage, the visitors should be more determined to bag the three points.

Zambian striker Rotson Kilambe found the net against the Chatsworth-based team in their first round game and the sole goal won the game for Downs.

Kilambe has been partnered with veteran striker Daniel Mudau and Simba Marumo, but amongst the six other strikers they have a winning combination has not transpired.

Former Downs player Alton Meiring set the pace for strikers in the Premiership but the Cape Town-born player is stuck on four goals in 13 games.

The midfield is where Downs appear to be better on paper, with the likes of Godfrey Sapula, Isaac Shai and Clement Mazibuko having more experience than the Rangers trio of Abram Isaks, Reagan Stuart and Welcome Mazibuko.

But only after 90 minutes tomorrow night will we know who are hungrier to make their impact positive in 2004.

Possible line-ups:

Rangers: Harpur, Ratsoana, Nduti, O'Neill, Bobbs, Isaks, Mazibuko, Powell, Stuart, Meiring, Studzinski

Downs: Arendse, Manzini, Chalwe, Jordaan, Mthembu, Mazibuko, Sapula, Guela, Shai, Kilambe, Ngwenya

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