16 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Mamelodi Sundowns Confirm Highlanders Date

MAMELODI Sundowns' duo of Trott Moloto and Harris Chueu touched down at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport here yesterday and immediately declared they will be bringing a full strength squad for the international club friendly against Highlanders at the end of the month.

The crack South African outfit will also play against Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos and CAPS United as part of their preparations for the second half of the ABSA Premiership league season.

"We are bringing in a full strength squad, except those called up to the Bafana Bafana squad for the Nations Cup finals," said Chueu, a technical analyst at The Brazilians.

Moloto, Sundowns' technical director, said they were taking their tour of Zimbabwe very seriously and urged local soccer fans to come in their numbers for the match against Highlanders set for Barbourfields.

"We are in Zimbabwe to do business and we want to see the stadia full to capacity," said Moloto.

He did not rule out that his team would also be scouting for talented players during their tour.

Moloto and Chueu met Highlanders' chairman, Peter Dube, and interim treasurer, Jerry Sibanda, at a city hotel yesterday and will this morning tour Barbourfields, Highlanders facilities like the club offices, clubhouse and Hotel California in Luveve before flying back to South Africa this afternoon.

"It's a big achievement for this club (Highlanders). We have had an eye-opening discussion with these guys.

Their systems are quite advanced and we hope to learn one or two things from them," said Dube.

For Highlanders, who started their pre-season preparations last week, the match will provide them with a perfect test ahead of their Bob '89 Cup showdown against Dynamos next month.

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