Chiefs look to take another stride toward title

Chiefs look to take another stride toward title
Ernst Middendorp coach of Kaizer Chiefs during Kaizer Chiefs Media Day on 13 February 2020 at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 14, 2020. 09:00

Kaizer Chiefs will look to take another stride toward the Absa Premiership title when a full round of fixtures is held in South Africa’s top flight on the weekend of 14-16 February.

The Amakhosi come into the weekend with the cushion of a nine-point lead over second-placed Orlando Pirates and will be confident of victory when they host Maritzburg United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

United are fresh off a 1-0 away win over Bidvest Wits in midweek – a result which helped Chiefs’ title bid – but handing the Soweto giants only a third loss of the season will be a tall order for the Team of Choice.

Even the bullish Pitso Mosimane, coach of third-placed Mamelodi Sundowns who will lead his team in a Saturday afternoon clash at home to Chippa United, believes Chiefs are well in control of the championship race.

“The league is with Kaizer Chiefs to lose it, but we have not given up,” explained Mosimane. “We are going for it. Anything is possible. We will try to go for the CAF Champions League spot [second place] first.”

Pirates, meanwhile, are on a hot streak of form in the league with five straight wins to their name, but their confidence took a hit last weekend when they exited the Nedbank Cup on penalties at the hands of Wits.

Joseph Zinnbauer’s team will face a tricky match away to Orlando Pirates in Thohoyandou on Sunday, with the host side desperate for points to drag themselves away from the relegation zone.

Wits remain on the fringes of the title race given the number of games they have in hand, but they too face a testing game in the Limpopo province against Baroka FC and will be looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats.

Other games this weekend include a Valentine’s Day clash between Stellenbosch and SuperSport United on Friday, a Durban derby between AmaZulu and Golden Arrows, Highlands Park welcoming Bloemfontein Celtic to Makhulong Stadium and a desperate, bottom-of-the-log Polokwane City hosting Cape Town City on Sunday.

Absa Premiership fixtures, 14-16 February

Friday 14 February

20:00: Stellenbosch v SuperSport United

Saturday 15 February

15:30: Baroka FC v Bidvest Wits

15:30: Mamelodi Sundowns v Chippa United

15:30: Highlands Park v Bloemfontein Celtic

18:00: Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United

20:15: AmaZulu v Golden Arrows

Sunday 16 February

15:30: Black Leopards v Orlando Pirates

15:30: Polokwane City v Cape Town City

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