Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
8 Sep 2016
1:52 pm

Eagles accused of distracting Thanda players

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Roger Sikhakhane has accused Royal Eagles of distracting his players ahead of Sunday's KwaZulu-Natal derby.

Thanda Royal Zulu coach Roger Sikhakhane has accused Royal Eagles officials of trying to distract his players’ focus with false promises ahead of the National First Division teams’ duel on Sunday afternoon.

Sikhakhane, who was fired by Chippa United last season, said he respected Eagles and they had great players, but then he urged their officials to desist from phoning his players and making them promises.

“Eagles have quality and experienced players. They even have Chris Komane, who was our captain last season and whose quality we all know. Above all that though, we are ready for them, and we want three points,” Sikhakhane was quoted by Isolezwe on Thursday.

“I know how their coach (Kostadin Papic) wants his team to play, and I already have a plan for them. What I do not like about them is their people phoning my players and making them promises ahead of the game. They must leave my players alone,” said Sikhakhane.

The match is set for Richards Bay’s uMhlathuze Sports Complex on Sunday.

NFD fixtures

Black Leopards v Jomo Cosmos, at Thohoyandou Stadium, 3pm
Witbank Spurs v Mthatha Bucks, at Puma Rugby Stadium, 3pm
FC Cape Town v Magesi FC, at NKK Rugby Stadium, 3pm
Stellenbosch Fc v University of Pretoria, at Coetzenberg Stadium, 3pm
Mbombela United v Milano FC, at Kanyamazane Stadium, 3pm
Real Kings v Santos, at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

Thanda Royal Zulu v Royal Eagles, at uMhlathuze Sports Complex, 3pm
Cape Town All Stars v AmaZulu, at Parrow Park Stadium, 3pm