Race on for Mahamutsa and Mthembu

Both Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates have players racing the clock in order to make it for Saturday night’s Telkom Knockout Final at the Mbombela Stadium.

Platinum Stars are set to be without club captain Vuyo Mere, who is only expected to be back in action towards the middle of the month after a suffering a muscle tear two weeks ago. Mere will however still be travelling with his team-mates to Mbombela for the final.

Star striker Siphelele Mthembu has also been sidelined recently, and missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Golden Arrows. Mthembu, a former Pirates marksman, is back in training with the North West side, who will likely make a late call on his fitness.

Positive news for Dikwena is the return of Henrico Botes, who is back from suspension. The Namibian’s experience could be crucial for Stars on the big stage on Saturday night.

Other than that, the 2013 MTN8 champions have a clean bill of health for the match, with no suspensions.

Pirates coach Roger De Sa is expected to make several changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.

De Sa will have defender Happy Jele back from suspension, while midfielder Oupa Manyisa and striker Thulasizwe Mbuyane are also in training again after being injured and could feature in Nelspruit.

Central defender and club stalwart Rooi Mahamutsa is meanwhile attempting to recover from an elbow injury in time for the final.

Mahamutsa was however able to complete his second full training session with the rest of the team on Thursday, suggesting that he will be part of the action on Saturday.

Pirates also have no suspensions, and with the exception of the above-mentioned players, also have a clean bill of health for Saturday’s big showdown.