Mzwakhe Ngwenya
1 minute read
5 Nov 2014
12:00 pm

Aces keeper ready for Sundowns heat

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

Mpumalanga Black Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane expects a tough, pulsating game against Mamelodi Sundowns this evening.

FILE PICTURE: Jackson Mabokgwane of Black Aces during the Absa Premiership match between Black Aces and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

“It will definitely be a heated encounter considering both sides needs the points that will take them to second place on the log standings,” Mabokgwane told his club website.

Aces faces the defending Absa Premiership champions at Lucas Moripe Stadium in a PSL match and the Mpumalanga side are fifth on the table following a decent start to the campaign.

Under Clive Barker, AmaZayoni have proven tough customers for other PSL sides with some stirring displays under their belt this season.

In their past nine games, they have lost only twice, won four and drawn three matches.

Barker has turned most of these players from “rejects” into winners.

Mabokgwane, himself is one such player.

He never managed to claim the number one spot at his previous club, Bidvest Wits, but at Aces, he has been a key player.

With such form, the shot-stopper could help his team keep Sundowns at bay this evening.

Mabokgwane said his side are aiming for maximum points in Atteridgeville so they can keep pressure on table-topping Kaizer Chiefs.

“We need the maximum points to ensure we at least keep the pressure on the log leaders while steadily maintaining our place in the top half of the standings,” he said.

Sundowns, though, are known to be one of the league’s best teams and Aces will need to up their game to beat Pitso Mosimane’s side.

The match starts at 7.30pm.