Absa Premiership makes way for MTN8
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE Absa Premiership, the continent’s most lucrative soccer league, takes a recess this weekend to make way for the MTN 8, which has reached the semifinal stage.
In what looks set to be mouthwatering first-leg duels, holders Platinum Stars play highflying Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday evening in Rustenburg while unpredictable Bidvest Wits are at home to Orlando Pirates in a Gauteng Derby a day later.
Ahead of the two-legged semifinal clashes, the Premier Soccer League warned fans without tickets to stay away from the venues.
“We will not be selling any tickets at the gates and it is important for supporters to come to the stadium with their ticket,” Head of Safety and Security, Phillip Masimong said.
With a cool R8 million to the winners, the “Wafa Wafa” competition is the richest domestic competition in the continent.
Meanwhile, league action is set to resume next Tuesday with a potential thriller pitting Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic.
In another matchscheduled for Tuesday, Polokwane City will host Ajax Cape Town at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Most matches will be played on Wednesday with Free State Stars hosting SuperSport United at Charles Mopeli Stadium, while winless Pirates host AmaZulu at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Elsewhere, surprise log-leaders Moroka Swallows will battle it out with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at their favourite hunting ground, the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, Wits host stubborn Maritzburg United while Mpumalanga Black Aces entertain plucky Platinum Stars at Mbombela Stadium.
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