Coach Dan Malesela has admitted he is under pressure to beat Stellenbosch for matters beyond just three points this weekend.
Under Malesela’s guidance, the Rockets are yet to taste defeat this season and they will be looking to extend their impressive run when they welcome a wounded Stellies side to the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.
But for Dan Dance, Sunday’s match is about more than just three points. It also happens to fall on the same day as the birthday of club president Tim Sukazi, while Coach Dan's wife celebrates her birthday two days later.
Speaking to the club’s media department, Malesela admits he is under severe pressure to deliver three points as a gift to both his significant other, as well as his boss.
“That puts more pressure hey. I didn’t want to say anything to the players, but I feel it is something you cannot avoid I mean we cannot pretend that it is not his birthday. And for me, I’m also under pressure, my wife’s birthday is on Tuesday so she said to me, ‘You guys must start winning more, I need this birthday present,’ (so) it’s pressure all over you know, but it comes with the territory.”
Meanwhile the coach confirmed that he will have to do battle against Stellies minus the services of veteran defender Bevan Fransman, who has been ruled out for the rest of the year.
“Seemingly, that is the case, he seems to be out this year. You know, just when we came to think we are very solid at the back, this happens... So that is why we have other players in that area for them to say, 'I’m available, I will tuck in and I will do my best'. We are hoping that will happen with the others,” Malesela added.
The match is scheduled for kick-off at 15:30.