By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE country’s football crazy fans are eagerly waiting patiently for tonight’s Absa Premiership clashes as
the results is likely to give direction for the title race, top eight and relegation destination.
While most football expert are focusing on Kaizer and Mamelodi Sundowns as favourites for the league
title, it is a naked truth that BidVest Wits (3rd place with 47 points from 24 games) cannot be ruled out
of of the title race more so because they have two games in hand as opposed to current log leaders
Mamelodi Sundowns who are topping the log with 55 points from 26 games. For the record, Chiefs are
second on the log with 52 points from 25 games.
It is without doubt that tonight’s focus will be seriously in four venues across the country with Peter
Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane hosting relegation threatened Polokwane City who welcome the wounded
Chiefs in a cracker battle.
While City (14th on the log with 24 points from 26 games) are vey desperate for these all important
points to enhance their chance of completely running away from participating in the cruel National First
Division’s Relegation/Promotion Play-Offs should Free State Stars lose their game tonight, Chiefs are
equally desperate for a win in order to retain their top spot on the log after they were pushed to the
second position by Mamelodi Sundowns after the mighty Amakhosi lost back to back to the same
Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces in the last two matches. A loss or draw in this match for Chiefs is
likely to signal their failure to defend their league title should Sundowns win their match.
Another interesting match will be that one of Sundowns and party spoilers, Aces at the Loftus Stadium in
It is not a secret that the Brazilians goes to this game fully aware about the threat which can be pose by
AmaZayoni who have since proved their worth under the legendary coach, Clive “The Dog” Barker who was
yesterday announced as Absa Premiership’s Q3 Coach. Aces who still need more points from their
remaining four games to cement their position in the top eight finish (6th position with 40 points from 26
games) has since spoilt both Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ league title chances after handing them defeats
recently and Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane is fully aware that anything can happen in this match.
Another do or die game is expected at the BidVest Stadium in Braamfontein where BidVest Wits welcome
the on and off Moroka Swallows. While three points tonight could see the Clever Boys reduce the gap
between both Chiefs and Sundowns should the two fumble against their opponents, Swallows are also
desperate for the maximum points are they are also threatened by relegation. The Dube Birds are currently lying on the 13th position with 30 points from 26 games and they are fully aware that a defeat
and victory by Polokwane City could see them in a serious trouble.
In Qwa Qwa at the Charles Mopeli, Free State Stars will have to pull all stops in making sure they emerge
as victors against the visiting university of Pretoria. Ea Lla Koto (15th on the log with 21 points from 25
games) will have to double their effort against AmaTuks (11th position with 31 points from 26 games)
who has since lost their chance of finishing in the top eight brackets. The three points are equally
important to the Tswane based side who are also not safe from relegation zone.
At the King Zwelithini, KwaZulu-Natal, Golden Arrows are expected to redeem themselves against the
visiting Bloemfontein Celtic (8th position with 36 points from 26 games) who are also seriously
challenging for a top eight finish.
Despite being in the bottom rock with 14 points from 26 games, Abafana be’Sthende are not giving up
hope of avoiding the straight chop to the lower division and they hope for a miracle to win their remaining
matches to achieve that.
Another battle for top eight finish is expected at the Royal Bafokeng where Platinum Stars (9th position
with 36 points from 26 games) welcome AmaZulu (7th position with 38 points from 26 games). Three
points will come in handy for both the clubs in this match.