DStv Premiership gets back into full swing

DStv Premiership gets back into full swing
Mamelodi Sundowns players warming up

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Feb 14, 2022. 09:56

South Africa’s DStv Premiership will get back into full swing early this week, with six matches across the next three days, Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 February 2022.

The action begins later today in the Limpopo province when Baroka FC welcome runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Brazilians already got their league campaign back underway last Monday with a win over Chippa United and will be looking to take another step toward a title success which is looking more and more inevitable.

‘Downs also got their CAF Champions League group stage campaign off to a great start with a 1-0 home win over Al Hilal this past weekend.

“We prepared for them in training, and the coaches told us that we must be ready to jump, and that’s what we expected from them and we did well as the backline. We are all leaders at the back, and that’s what kept us going,” said Sundowns’ Brian Onyango, who will face a much different challenge against Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele.

Tuesday is headlined by Cape Town City hosting Kaizer Chiefs, with the Citizens’ coach Eric Tinkler still reeling from some major departures in the January transfer window, including Abdul Ajagun, Abbubaker Mobara, Dove Edmilson, Brandon Ralani and Fagrie Lakay.

“Losing Fagrie is a massive loss to the club. It didn’t help us that we lost him very late in the window as well. We tried keeping him at the club by inflating his price and we were very surprised when they accepted the price tag we put on him,” said Tinkler.

“We can reflect on the other players we lost but we lost our top scorer in Fagrie and our top assist maker in Ralani and we have to look to replace those players.”

Tuesday also features a repeat of last week’s Nedbank Cup clash between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United at Harry Gwala Stadium (the visitors won that game 1-0), while Wednesday sees Stellenbosch and Swallows clash at the Danie Craven Stadium, before the action is closed out by Orlando Pirates hosting Golden Arrows.

Games between the Buccaneers and Abafana Bes’thende have been dour affairs in recent seasons, but the Soweto giants need to continue building momentum and balancing their commitments in the Nedbank Cup and CAF Confederation Cup.

“It gave us a measure of where we are standing but there’s still work to be done,” said Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi of a recent victory over AmaZulu.

DStv Premiership fixtures, 14-16 February

Monday 14 February

19:30: Baroka FC v Mamelodi Sundowns

Tuesday 15 February

17:30: Royal AM v Sekhukhune United

19:30: Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

19:30: Maritzburg United v SuperSport United

Wednesday 16 February

17:30: Stellenbosch FC v Swallows FC

19:30: Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows

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