DOWNS V HIGHLANDS: Players to watch

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There are a couple of players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park that could light up the Absa Premiership clash tonight.

The Brazilians host the Lions of the North at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Downs are third and six points behind the log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs.

The objective is simple; get maximum points and cut down Amakhosi’s lead at the top.

For Highlands Park, Owen da Gama’s boys are fifth on the standings and have a chance to keep moving up.

KEY PLAYERS

DOWNS

Gaston Sirino

The Uruguayan has continued to thrive in the Tshwane outfit’s colours. With five gaols and one assist in 11 games, the man has been on fire and was man of the match when Downs thumped AmaZulu 5-0 in their last match, which was in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout. Highlands will have to keep a very close eye on him.

Themba Zwane

‘Mshishi’ has been in terrific form. He boasts six goals and four assists in just 11 appearances this campaign. Zwane, once likened to Doctor Khumalo by former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, is a real match winner on any day.

HIGHLANDS

Peter Shalulile

The Namibian has been in fine fettle being the Absa Premiership top scorer with 6 goals in 6 games, which is an average of 1 goal per match. He’d definitely look for a birthday present in the form of a goal against the Tshwane side to maintain his 100% scoring ratio.

Thela Ngobeni

Thela Ngobeni of Highlands Park.

Undoubtedly, he has a point to prove against his former employers, Sundowns. Ngobeni has four clean sheets in nine matches. He’s a solid goalkeeper, who’s relishing the challenge to play week in and week out.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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