Rayners making Sekhukhune quake

By Michael Madyira

Sekhukhune United coach Brandon Truter says they will “give special attention” to Stellenbosch FC forward Iqraam Rayners during Sunday’s Nedbank Cup semi-final tie at Danie Craven Stadium.

Rayners has been in scintillating form since his return to the Cape Winelands outfit in January.

After firing blanks in 14 games across all competitions for SuperSport United during the first half of the season, the 27-year-old has rediscovered his scoring form at Stellenbosch.

He has found the back of the net 15 times in 11 appearances, including being the Nedbank top goal-scorer with six goals in three games.

While Truter knows other Stellenbosch attackers can hurt them, speedy Rayners has become his major concern.

“Iqraam, I think, is back with his father figure [Stellies coach Steve Barker], he’s back in a club where he knows the environment, and he enjoyed working there prior to his move to SuperSport – he also had the same form,” said Truter as per SABC Sport.

“But for us to give special attention to him, there’s also [Junior] Mendieta, [Devon] Titus, Jayden Adams and Ox [Sibusiso Mthethwa] in the midfield as well, so they have very capable players.”

Sekhukhune have seasoned defenders and Truter has been designing a special plan to contain red-hot Rayners.

“We have very experienced players, in terms of [Daniel] Cardoso and Eddie Gyimah, and in defence, we also have the number-one right-back [Nyiko Mobbie] in there as well,” Truter said.

“I think it’s about the space, shutting him [Rayners] down in the spaces he wants to play and, look, their front three have tremendous speed in them too, but without space, speed can’t be that effective. So, the experience in our defence will manage their front-three.”

Rayners, whose quarter-final brace knocked out defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, go into Sunday’s match with fresh legs after sitting out Stellies’ mid-week Premier Soccer League trip to SuperSport United.

Pictured above: Stellenbosch FC striker Iqraam Rayners

Image source: Stellenbosch FC

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