Chiefs under pressure, Stellenbosch v Sekhukhune could be a thriller

Chiefs under pressure, Stellenbosch v Sekhukhune could be a thriller
Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs and teammate applaud fans during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 02 April 2024 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Apr 05, 2024. 11:00

A weekend of DStv Premiership action promises further fascinating narratives, as Kaizer Chiefs desperately search for a return to form, while a potential thriller awaits between form teams Stellenbosch FC and Sekhukhune United.

Stellies and Babina Noko will lock horns at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday night, with the hosts looking to build on an impressive 1-0 away win over Kaizer Chiefs in midweek (which saw their unbeaten run in the league stretched to 13 matches, and take a firm hold on second place on the log), while the visitors have been raising eyebrows themselves: a 2-2 draw at home to Cape Town City in midweek extended their unbeaten run to seven matches (including a run of five straight wins, and a sequence of 10 league outings in which they have lost just once).

Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker has had nothing but praise for his team and is hoping they can continue to excel at the basics: “I can’t fault the effort these players are putting in week in and week out. You can see they are ready to put everything out on the field.

“We’ve got a lot of good quality attacking players, we seem to be scoring on a regular basis, so if we can shut the back door, keep the clean sheets, then it gives us the belief and the confidence that we can win matches.”

Saturday’s focus will also fall on ailing heavyweights Chiefs, who will be away to Chippa United at the Buffalo City Stadium in the afternoon and looking to break a stuttering run of form in which they have managed just one win from eight matches across all competitions.

“Always, I believe that the players are still with me. We are still together and they haven’t given up hope. I can tell you straight that the team and I are still together,” said under-pressure Amakhosi coach Cavin Johnson.

At the same time, Richards Bay and Moroka Swallows will meet at King Zwelithini Stadium, while the day also features Orlando Pirates chasing a home win over Golden Arrows and SuperSport United hosting TS Galaxy in Tshwane.

Sunday sees Royal AM and Polokwane City meet at the Harry Gwala Stadium, at the same time that Cape Town City and AmaZulu renew their rivalry at the DHL Cape Town Stadium.

The Citizens and Usuthu are enduring miserable form (both have gone six games without a win in the league) but this fixture has tended to draw some fiery performances out of these teams (their last meeting in September was a five-goal thriller won by the Durban club) and may be just the spark they need to get back to their best.

DStv Premiership fixtures, 6-7 April 2024

Times CAT

Saturday 6 April

15:00: Richards Bay v Moroka Swallows

15:00: Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs

17:30: Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows

20:00: SuperSport United v TS Galaxy

20:00: Stellenbosch FC v Sekhukhune United

Sunday 7 April

15:00: Royal AM v Polokwane City

15:00: Cape Town City v AmaZulu FC

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