By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE ABSA Premiership league’s full fixtures gain momentum this evening with eight matches taking place around the country.
With the title race still wide open with the top five clubs hot on each other’s throat after the outcome of last weekend’s matches, it remain to be see if the current log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns with 30 points will continue to open a clear gap between themselves and other title chasers such as Ajax Cape Town (second with 27 points), Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates who are third and fourth with 26 points each.
The Brazilians have a tricky away match to Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, the match they have to win at all cost to maintain their position.
Although both Chiefs and Pirates are also seriously challenging the Chloorokop-based side to the title, the main threat is Ajax who could claim the top spot should they beat Maritzburg United in another league match this evening at the Harry Gwala Stadium at 8pm, and that is if Sundowns could lose to Celtic. Siwelele Sa Masokolara (fifth on the log with 24 points) are also desperate for the maximum points as that could see them improve their chance to join the race for the league title.
On the other hand the two Soweto giants, Chiefs and Pirates will not claim the top spot even they win their matches this evening.
Chiefs welcome AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium with Pirates taking Golden Arrows away at the Chatsworth Stadium respectively, and victories could only bring them closer to the top with 29 points each.
The interesting match of them all this evening will be at the Dobsonville Stadium at 8pm between two relegation threatened, Moroka Swallows and Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Swallows as the host are still motivated after they registered their first victory of the season, a 1-0 away to BidVest Wits University last weekend to move from the bottom to the 15th position with eight points.
The outcome of the Swallows-Aces match however will have little impact as far as their positions on the log are concerned.
Aces have already fired three coaches this season and they remain bottom on the log with only five points and a win will just be like a drop in an ocean.
The rest of this evening’s premiership matches are: Santos v Vasco da Gama (Athlone), SuperSport United v Free State Stars (Lucas Moripe), Platinum Stars v BidVest Wits University. All the matches start at 7.30pm, unless stated,