By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ACTION returns in the Absa Premiership this evening with the main focus on top of the 16-clubs log as Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport take on their coastal opponents.
Matsatsantsa A Pitori who are topping the log with 21 points from nine matches welcome the tricky Santos in Atteridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium in a must win match if they still want to maintain their position. Kick-Off at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville is at 7.30pm.
The Gavin Hunt’s coached side will be welcoming from injury, Atusaye Nyondo who missed the club’s two matches, the Telkom Knockout which United lost to Maritzburg United and last weekend’s league match away to BidVest Wits which United won 1-0.
The return of the Malawian international to Matsatsantsa’ starting line-up comes as a relieve for the likes of Jabulani Maluleke and Kermit Erasmus who have each proved to provide answers as far as scoring goals is concerned in his absence. For the record, Nyondo’ scoring prowess is witnessed by the fact that he is currently the club’s leading scorer with five goals with Erasmus and Maluleke as second best with three goals each.
Bad news for United though who are still unbeaten in league matches is that they will be without their Botswana international, Mogogi Gabonamong who is serving a suspension.
Santos on the other hand will be going into this match highly motivated after winning their last league match, a 2-1 at home to Maritzburg United which saw them moved to the 11th position with ten points.
Their defense department has been not doing well after having conceded 14 goals as opposed to the ten that they have scored and obviously a concern for head coach Aboebaker “Bobie” Solomons.
Vuyisile Wana and Erwin Isaacs who have each scored two goals remain Solomons’ hope for goals in tonight’s match.
Meanwhile Chiefs will be hopping to frog-jumped SuperSport United to the top of the log at the expense of Maritzburg United whom they pay a visit tonight. Kick-Off at United’s home away from home venue at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape is also at 7.30pm.
The Naturena-based side lies second on the log with 19 points from nine matches, and victory for them could see them claim the top spot should United (SuperSport) lose to Santos.
Having gained their confidence after last weekend’s 2-0 league victory over the struggling Black Leopards in Limpopo, Chiefs who are under the new captaincy of Itumeleng Khune are likely to emerge victors come the final whistle.
The likes of Lucky Baloyi and George Lebese are fast proving that it was a bad idea to sit them on the bench as they are performing wonders wherein the so-called regulars are failing.
United though cannot be underestimated as the likes of Diyo Sibisi (with four goals) may prove a lot for the visiting Chiefs.