By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
IN Cape Town
MAMELODI Sundowns have another opportunity of stretching their league title hopes when they face the on and off Moroka Swallows in the Absa Premiership this afternoon. Kick-Off at the Dobsonville Stadium is at 6pm.
Still fresh from a narrowly 1-0 a mid-week home victory to the high-riding Mpumalanga Black, their eighth win in succession, however Swallows coach Zeca Marques and his troops could not afford to lose this match as they are fully aware as their elite league status is also at threat.
The Brazilians are currently sitting on the top of the log with 58 points from 27 league matches ahead of Kaizer Chiefs who have 55 points and a game in hand and Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane is aware that winning this beating Swallows could put them in a more advantage position to lift the title at the end of the season as the points in the bag is important than games at hands which doesn’t guarantees anything.
On the other hand Swallows who are hanging on the 13th on the log with 30 points from 27 league matches will have to fight to win this match in order to hang on to the dear life in the big flight league, more so because of the pressure from the likes of Polokwane City and Free State Stars who are on the 14 and 15th position on the log with 24 points each. For the record, Swallows’ last two league matches after this one against Sundowns will be against the same Polokwane City (away on April 27) and Free State Stars at home on May 10.
It remains to be seen if Swallows could avenge their first round 2-0 loss to the Tshwane-based outfit, courtesy goals of Katlego Mashego.
Elsewhere, BidVest Wits will be looking forward to enhance their chances of finishing on the third position ahead of Orlando Pirates when they take on SuperSport United in another league match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 3pm.
The Clever Boys have opened a 10 points gap between themselves and the Sea Robers after having bagged 50 points from 25 league matches as opposed to Pirates who are fourth on the log with 40 points from the same number of league matches.
Matsatsantsa A Pitori on the other hand need the victory in this match so desperately so as to maintain their stay in the top eight brackets as the season is drawing closer to the end.
In another league match this afternoon, Platinum Stars will also be looking forward to maintain their place in the top eight when they welcome relegation-bound Golden Arrows at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at 3pm.
The rest of Absa Premiership fixtures this weekend are: