Absa Premiership resumes on solemn note
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE resumption of the Absa Premiership on Wednesday looks likely to be a sombre affair South Africa struggles to come to terms with the murder of national captain Senzo Meyiwa.
All fixtures will be played except the one featuring the late player’s side Orlando Pirates, who have rightfully been given more time to mourn its skipper who was gunned down east of Jokohannesburg last week in botched robbery.
In order to enable the country attend the funeral service, this past weekend, the Premier Soccer League postponed all the matches including the highly-anticipated Soweto Derby Meyiwa’s side was scheduled to contests against Kaizer Chiefs.
The late goalminder has been buried in his Kwazulu-Natal homeland after a moving ceremony that was televised live.
Meanwhile, as the Absa premiership resumes, all eyes will be on the encounter pitting vastly improved Chippa United against Bidvest Wits in a match that promises fireworks.
Chippa United, since they sacked head coach Kosta Papic before replacing him with caretaker coach Roger Sikhakhane, managed 10 points from 12 games.
The match against Wits will be expected to be a thriller since United would want to continue with its impressive record.
On the other hand Wits will be not an easy opponent as they are also in the chase for the league title.
Another promising thriller will pit defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns against high riding Mpumalanga Black Aces at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Elsewhere, log leaders Chiefs will travel for a date against bottom-placed AmaZulu.
The unstoppable Amakhosi will not find Usuthu a walk in the park since the Wilfred Mugeyi coached side appear to have found a new lease of life.
Other premiership matches lined-up for Wednesday evening comprise Free State Stars against struggling Polokwane City, University of Pretoria hosting second placed Ajax Cape Town.
Off-form Moroka Swallows entertain on-fire SuperSport United at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.
In Maritzburg in KwaZulu Natal, where fallen hero Meyiwa was born, Maritzburg United will lock horns with Bloemfontein Celtic at Harry Gwala Stadium.
– CAJ News
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