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Mamelodi Sundowns without seven stars for trip to Kaizer Chiefs

10:13 PM SGT 27/1/18
Sundowns, Anthony Laffor & Kaizer Chiefs, Bernard Parker
Injuries may hamper Masandawana's preparations as they look to avenge their previous defeat against Amakhosi on Saturday night

Mamelodi Sundowns will be without seven of their star contingent as they prepare to take on an in-form Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Masandawana are currently five points clear of their Johannesburg rivals, but know all too well what Steve Komphela’s men are capable following their previous meeting. The Tshwane giants will look to avoid a repeat of the 2-1 defeat which occurred earlier in the season, but their task will be made a whole lot more difficult with news that they will be without at least seven players.

Most notably, they will be without full-back Thapelo Morena and Anthony Laffor who are both nursing thigh strains. Laffor’s absence in particular will come as a blow considering that he is a player made for the big occasion.

“Laffor and Morena are both still recovering from thigh strains,” an update issued on the club’s official website read.

The club have also confirmed that exciting youngster Keletso Makgalwa will also not feature due to an injury he picked up playing for the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) side.

“Keletso Makgalwa who sustained and ankle sprain in an MDC match will also miss the match, having made an impressive debut for the senior team,” the club added.

However, it is not all bad news for the former Caf Champions League winners who will welcome back the experienced right-back Anele Ngcongca. The former French-based defender has battled with injuries ever since returning from Europe with injury, but he could potentially slot right in at right-back if he is deemed to be ready by head coach Pitso Mosimane.

Meanwhile, other notable absentees for the clash against Chiefs are defender Rivaldo Coetzee (foot) who is yet to make his debut for Sundowns despite signing at the beginning of the season, attacker Cuthbert Malajila (Knee), Lucky Mohomi (Ankle) and veteran Thabo Nthethe (Hamstring).