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Solomons predicts tough Supa 8 encounter 13/08/04
Santos coach Boebie Solomons says he is expecting a tough match when his 'People's Team' face Supersport United in their SAA Supa 8 clash in Pretoria on Sunday.

Solomons is also concerned that they will face United with a depleted squad, with Brendan Wardle and Sebastian Bax out injured, while star winger Tyren Arendse is currently with the Bafana Bafana squad.

"We are expecting a tough game," said Solomons. "Supersport are a good side and they won't give away too much.

"It's a knockout game and it's all about who wants it more. Knockout games are tough to predict.

"The team with the better desire will win the match and one always needs a bit of luck."

He added that their hectic fixture schedule, due to their progress in the Confederations Cup, has been taking it's toll on the players.

"The problem for us is there have been too many games. It's taken it's toll, but the boys are still looking good," he added.

Solomons also revealed the reasoning behind Musa Otieno's appointment as the new skipper for this season.

"We have to move forward and Musa is young and leads by example," conceded Solomons.

"It was a mutual decision to replace Edries Burton (last season's captain) and Bertie is getting old."

However, he added that Burton will move up within the club as part of their continuity policy, which will basically see the senior players moving into coaching and management levels.

"Most of our squad are over 30 years old, so we are making some changes and moving forward as well," he added.

"The older players like Burton, Jean-Marc Ithier and John Mbidzo will all move up within the club. At Santos we have a 3-5 year plan which will ensure that continuity is being maintained at Santos."

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