South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Mamelodi Sundowns and Warriors midfielder Esrom Nyandoro says he expects fireworks when his side clashes with giants Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on January 8.
This will be the first biggest match of the New Year in South Africa.
The Sundowns’ skipper, who is in the country for a short holiday, told NewsDay Sport on Wednesday the match against rivals Chiefs will not be an easy battle.
He said he felt bad they lost 3-2 in their last game before the holiday break to AmaZulu.
“It was sad losing to AmaZulu. That is not what we wanted. With Kaizer Chiefs it is not going to be an easy game.
“It’s a game where you need to be told by the coach what to do.
“It is always fireworks but I hope with a bit of luck we will be able to pick up the three points,” Nyandoro said.
The soft spoken Nyandoro said he was enjoying the break and he was adamant his boys were not going to show any mercy on Amakhosi.
“I am enjoying the break but when I go back, we need not show respect to Kaizer Chiefs.”
The Warriors midfielder said he was happy that the other three players who joined the Brazilians from Zimbabwe, striker Nyasha Mushekwi, defender Method Mwanjali and midfielder Lionel Mtizwa were settling well at Sundowns.
The trio joined Sundowns from Caps United.
“The boys are just working hard. I am happy for all of them and everything is just good,” Nyandoro said.
The Sundowns’ captain was however quick to point out that although they are at the top of the log at 12 games, the Brazilians were not at their peak.
They are above Chiefs by four points and if Amakhosi wins they would have closed the gap and would be close behind by a point.
“First of all we have been winning the games but not playing well. We are getting the good results but we have not been playing pretty well,” he said.
The January 8 match had been slated for Rand Stadium but was moved to FNB at Chief’s request.
Both Sundowns and Chiefs have the largest number of Zimbabweans. Sundowns have four-Nyandoro, Mushekwi, Mtizwa and Mwanjali while Chiefs have the same number in hotshot Knowledge Musona, defenders Thomas Sweswe and Zhaimu Jambo and midfield general Tinashe Nengomasha.