Mamelodi Sundowns have a chance to increase their lead when they take on Cape Town City in a crucial ABSA Premiership match scheduled for Athlone Stadium on Friday night. It will not be easy sailing for Sundowns as City desperately needs the three points to close the gap in second place.
The Cape Town City – Sundowns match is a grudge encounter. When the two sides met in the first round of December last year, City coach Benni McCarthy had the last laugh.
He beat Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane with a champion scoreline of one-nil.
However, one of the matches that will be filled with more tension and vendetta, is the Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs encounter. The first round match, which ended one-all, was characterised by harsh words exchanged by the team coaches Gavin Hunt and Steve Komphela.
It was a match that was very physical and it will be no different on Saturday evening at Bidvest Stadium. Komphela says many people misinterpreted his style of play.
“This has to be clarified when you playing three defenders and you playing four across the park, or five or two you are highly offensive. Now maybe the message that was passed on before regarding how we set up was more of a negative one. But I must tell you can see how many times Philani got behind. Philani is a winger, Moleko is a winger. I’ve got three defenders at the back you have Katsande and Mido so it’s not defensive and we do create chances but then you have to make sure that you are split at the back,”he said.
A mouth watering derby between Amazulu and Golden Arrows is also on the cards. When both teams met in September last year, Abafana Besithende beat Amazulu four-one. Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says he is hoping for another positive result.
“We’ve got to put to bed our last game against them which we won comfortably it’s going to be a different game altogether. They are a different team from the one we played .I thought they were a bit naive early on in the league, they’ve grown as a team. I think it’s going to be a different game like I said a tough one to say so but it’s another game it’s a home derby and we’ve got to give our best.”
Free State Stars and Baroka FC will be involved in a top five battle. Both teams have been doing unexpectedly well so sparks should fly.
SuperSport United will be looking to redeem themselves when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic. They are staring at relegation, at fourteenth on the log.
And Orlando Pirates will play catch up in top five when they take on Maritzburg United. Pirates lost to Ajax Cape Town in a midweek match.