NedbankCup : ‘Sleep and we’ll be punished’ Freese warns Sundowns
Highlands Park vows to give their all against Sundowns
Highlands Park head coach Allan Freese believes discipline and focus will be key if his side are to have any chance of upsetting high flying Mamelodi Sundowns in Sunday’s Nedbank Cup last 32 clash at the Makhulong Stadium.
The Lions of the North are enjoying a strong campaign in the NFD, currently in the mix for promotion as they occupy position three on the First Division standings.
But they come up against a Sundowns side sitting top of the Absa Premiership table and on a red-hot run of form stretching back more than three months.
Former Platinum Stars head coach Freese is no doubt looking forward to testing his acumen against one of the Absa Premiership’s top coaches in Pitso Mosimane, but concedes it is going to be a big ask to knock the Brazilians out of the competition.
“I told my players that if they win on Sunday, they play another game. If you lose, you watch on TV,” said Freese.
“We all know what they can do. They have quality players, a quality team and a quality coach. We should be disciplined in our approach. If we sleep, we’ll get punished.”
Freese will be looking to senior statesmen such as Rudi Isaacs, Jermaine Christian and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini to lead the way on Sunday:
“It helps to have ex-PSL players in our side, they bring in that experience. They can calm the younger ones’ nerves,” he said.