Highflyers, strugglers meet in Absa Premiership
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – A PAIR of derbies scheduled for Friday, including a Cape Town one that will be played out of the city, will highlight the resumption of the Absa Premiership.
On a day the run-up to the fifth round of matches has been dominated by the firing of a coach and doubts over the future of another, Bidvest Wits will get proceedings on the pitch rolling when they host neighbours Moroka Swallows at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.
The Johannesburg Derby pits two sides that are enjoying contrasting fortunes in the league.
Swallows, who survived relegation by a whisker last season, are among the higher placed teams in the 16 team log and secured a 3-2 victory over Polokwane City in midweek.
Their opponents, also known as The Clever Boys, are experiencing an indifferent run with Ajax Cape Town worsening their woes with a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday.
The Cape Town Derby between Ajax and Chippa United, which will nonetheless be played in Port Elizabeth after the latter adopted the coastal city as its home base at the beginning of the season, has a similar ingredient.
Second-placed Ajax are the early pacesetters after some solid displays and will be favourites to garner maximum points against a Chilli Boys side that started brightly but find themselves occupying the lower places in the log.
Both matches kickoff at 2000 hrs.
Meanwhile, the duels pitting the high-flyers and the tail-enders continue on Saturday with the faultless Kaizer Chiefs aiming to aggravate Supersport United’s woes at the FNB Stadium.
United’s calamitous start to the campaign culminated in the side parting ways with Cavin Johnson on Friday. Youth coach, Kaitano Tembo, will handle the Pretoria side when they date the Amakhosi.
Struggling Black Aces play another under-pressure outfit University of Pretoria.
Earlier, in-form sides Free State Stars will battle at Goble Park while rejuvenated Orlando Pirates travel to Limpopo for a match against Polokwane City.
On Sunday, wounded defending champions, Mamelodi. Sundowns will host bottom side Amazulu, whose coach, Craig Rosslee, is skating on thin ice amid talk his job is on the line.
Platinum Stars, shell shocked by a trio of defeats against Chiefs in league and cup, will entertain unpredictable Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng.
The Absa Premiership will take a recess after the matches to make way for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
– CAJ News
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