Titans want to break eKasi losing streak

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 07: Stephen Cook,Geoffrey Toyana,Nkosinathi Mahlangu, Albie Morkel and Mandla Mashimbyi during the 2017 Momentum eKasi Challenge press conference at The Forum, SuperSport Park on September 07, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 07: Stephen Cook,Geoffrey Toyana,Nkosinathi Mahlangu, Albie Morkel and Mandla Mashimbyi during the 2017 Momentum eKasi Challenge press conference at The Forum, SuperSport Park on September 07, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The Multiply Titans are keen to end their losing streak in the Momentum eKasi Challenge and assistant coach, Mandla Mashimbyi, hopes to use the 5th edition of the annual clash to turn things around.

His side has been winless in the previous four 50-over clashes between the sides - which have taken place in various townships around Gauteng.

This year’s edition will see the hosts, the Titans, take on the Lions at the Nelson Mandela Sports Complex in Hammanskraal on Wednesday, September 13.

"We are looking forward to the game and winning it this time around," says Mashimbyi. "This is the time to comeback especially before the start of the cricket season, so we are all focused. We have had a great pre-season and the guys are looking forward to getting in the middle.”

The Titans’ composition might be adjusted to account for a few of the young players that have been promoted into the first team and given an opportunity to test their gameness on the big stage.

“The Ekasi Challenge allows us to blood some of these youngsters that we have promoted and see how ready they are. It’s a great opportunity for them to play in these type of games and get a feel of it. What is important is how we manage these players and this is all part of their development. ” Mashimbyi said.

This year’s encounter will be going to the township of Hammanskraal for the first time and will kick off the Titans season against their arch rivals. Skipper Albie Morkel sees this match as an opportunity for players to measure their readiness for the long season ahead.

"We are excited that our first game will be against a strong side like The Lions and this game will give a lot of the players an opportunity to see how the work they have put in the pre-season has gone,” he said. “We have obviously not done so well in previous (Ekasi Challenge) matches and this year is an opportunity to change that with a win. If we can execute all that we have done in pre-season then it will be good.”