'Bhele' in race to recover!

 Kickoff is at 7.30.

The veteran forward and midfielder Asavela Mbekile were treated for injuries following nasty tackles in their clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

Mbekile appeared to have been kicked in the face, while Nomvethe collided with Downs keeper Kennedy Mweene and sustained an ugly gash on his head.

A heavily bandaged Nomvethe was examined twice by Swallows doctor Ephraim Nematswerani and will have a late fitness test this morning.

”Mbekile will definitely not play after he accumulated four yellow cards,” said the Birds medico.

To rub more salt into their wounds, the Birds will be without their key players Lerato Chabangu and Luvhengo Mungomeni because of suspensions.

Lefa Tsutsulupa, Darren Lurie and Tshwarelo Bereng have not fully recovered from their injuries.

Despite all these mishaps, Birds manager Sipho Xulu was optimistic his team will do well against the Students tonight.

”We’ll take the fight to them,” said Xulu yesterday.

”We have seen situations where battles are won by casualties.”

But there was all round jubilation in the Birds aviary with the return of their deadly striker, Edward Manqele.

Manqele, loaned from Sundowns, could not play for Swallows against his former team because the Brazilians are still paying a portion of his salary.

Wits seem to be looking beyond their clash against Swallows. Team manager George Mogotsi said their aim was to be comfortable in the top-eight bracket and fight their way to the top.

”We are going into this game to get maximum points,” warned Mogotsi yesterday.

”Despite their loss on Sunday, Swallows have done extremely well so far this season. But I am confident that our defence, which has conceded less goals than any team in the league, will not let us down.”

Wits’ dangerman Sibusiso Vilakazi will once more come command the attention of the Swallows defence.



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