Sundowns and Arrows coaches under pressure

Both Muhsin Ertugral and Johan Neeskens in desperate need of a win
Under fire coaches Johan Neeskens and Muhsin Ertugral will dominate the centre spotlight at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday when winless Lamontville Golden Arrows host Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League.

Neeskens has already needed a police escort to protect him from angry supporters after Sundowns lost their last league match at home to Maritzburg United and any other setback will ratchet up the pressure on the former Dutch World Cup star.

Although Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe has allegedly given Neeskens a vote of confidence, the coach is on a short string as he attempts to live up to heightened expectations at a club without any trophies over the last four years.

Playing away should lessen some of the immediate pressure as Sundowns will not have many traveling fans in the crowd in Durban, but another poor result will again set off frenzied speculation over his future.

Ertugral does not face the same violent pressures but has not delivered yet for Arrows since taking over almost one year ago and will be cognisant of the fact that Arrows have fired under performing coaches a few months into the new season for the past two campaigns.

In 2010 it was the Montenegran Zoran Filipovic and last year Ernst Middendorp. Since taking over in October, Ertugral has been in charge of 31 league and cup matches for Arrows, winning less than a third of them.

Arrows hope to unveil Norman Smith in attack as he rejoins the club for a second spell. He had been training at SuperSport United but accepted the offer of a two year deal with Arrows.
He could line up alongside Thamsanqa Gabuza, who won a first cap for Bafana in the friendly win over Mozambique on Tuesday.

Defender Ritus Krjauklis is also back after playing for Latvia in two World Cup qualifiers – against Greece and Bosnia.

Sundowns have Wayne Sandilands, Punch Masenamela and Siyabonga Sangweni back from international duty. Sangweni plays against his old team.