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Bantu gets Mkhwanazi boost for do-or-die Rangers tie

Moorosi Tsiane

BANTU welcome center back Mkhwanazi Mkhwanazi from suspension as they face Enugu Rangers in a must win return leg of the CAF Confederations Cup match in Nigeria this afternoon.

The talented defender was on a yellow cards suspension after picking one card each in the Township Rollers and the AS Vita CAF Champions League ties.

A Matšo Matebele go into match desperate as they have to score two goals without a response after they (Bantu) lost the first leg 1-2 at Setsoto Stadium last Sunday.

And coach James Madidilane says they have received a boost with Mkhwanazi’s availability.

“Mkhwanazi is 100 percent ready to feature in our squad on Sunday (today) provided he doesn’t pick up any injuries in our practice session here in Nigeria,” Madidilane told the Sunday Express from Nigeria on Friday.

Bantu’s main problem has been converting the chances they create in matches as their attacking players were firing blanks in the first leg match.

But Madidilane said they have been hard at work trying to improve in that department as that is the only way they can advance into the next phase of the competition.

“I think the race is still open but it will also depend on how we approach the match and also we have to convert the chances that we create.

“We have been working hard on our finishing and we just hope that from this match it will go well because we do create chances but we don’t convert. I hope for a turnaround from this game,” he said.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic defender also admitted that some of his key players last Sunday were extremely poor but said they have also been working on boosting their confidence and he hopes they will come to party today.

“We didn’t play well at home. Some of our players failed to rise to the occasion and were just below par but we have recovered well and hopefully they will give us something different this time around,” Madidilane said.

Mkhwanazi was not the only player Bantu missed on Sunday. Also absent was midfield kingpin Lindokuhle Phungulwa who was out with an injury. Madidilane said Phungulwa was still not hundred percent fit to play today.

“We are still not sure if Lindo will be hundred percent fit to play by Sunday (today) but it will be another boost if he happens to be fit. At the moment we are just trying to monitor his situation first,” Madidilane said.

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