Friday Feb 19, 2021. 12:00
South Africa’s DStv Premiership will continue with a curtailed slate of five fixtures across the country this weekend, headlined by the meeting of Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on the afternoon of Saturday 20 February.
Chiefs will be desperate for a win after suffering three straight losses across all competitions, with their latest disappointment a 2-1 reverse at the hands of AmaZulu this past Wednesday which has again cast the Soweto giants into crisis.
SuperSport, meanwhile, will be looking to close the gap to leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have had their scheduled match against Maritzburg United postponed to aid their travel to Algeria for next midweek’s CAF Champions League fixtures.
Saturday also features Chippa United playing their first home match since November (as their home city of Port Elizabeth was declared a Covid-19 ‘hotspot’ in the preceding months) when they host TS Galaxy, while Baroka FC will take on bottom-of-the-log Black Leopards in a Limpopo derby.
Leopards are in a desperate run of form in the league, but come into this clash on the back of a victory over Jomo Cosmos in the Nedbank Cup.
“We take any win. We needed a win after going through a rough patch, and I think it is a turning point because the fighting spirit was there,” interim coach Lehlohonolo Seema explained. “We worked hard, and at least we had something to show. However, there is still some room for improvement, but we will work on that.”
Sunday’s matches feature Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila trying to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a win at home to Stellenbosch, while Swallows FC will look to continue their unbeaten run when they face hosts Cape Town City.
The Birds have become the first promoted team to go through the first half (15 matches) of a league season unbeaten, with coach Brandon Truter praising his side’s character.
“We don’t give up, we keep on fighting until the end and we will do that until the end of the season as well. Giving up isn’t in our character,” said the Swallows tactician.
“Even in small-sided games at our training, the intensity is so high everyone wants to play and everyone wants to win.”
Weekend DStv Premiership fixtures
Saturday 20 February
15:00: Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United
15:30: Chippa United v TS Galaxy
17:00: Baroka FC v Black Leopards
Sunday 21 February
15:30: Tshakhuma TM v Stellenbosch
15:30: Cape Town City v Swallows FC