Cape Town - Mamelodi
Sundowns’ title defence will be complicated once again this week, as midfielder
Mzikayise Mashaba (suspended) will not be available for selection when they
play against Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night.
Sundowns have been engaged in a battle to usurp Kaizer
Chiefs at the top of the league standings in 2015 and have been impressive for
the most part.
However, Chiefs have been equally effective during this
fascinating period in the season, which essentially means that the margin for
error has been rather slim for Bafana Bastyle.
Just last weekend, the defending champions were forced to
negotiate a tricky fixture against a highly motivated Free State Stars without
the services of Teko Modise - who was suspended - Uzoenyi Ejike (hernia),
Flavio Bento (knee) and Lindo Mbatha, who was also still recovering from
Indications are that the three injured players are still
unavailable for selection this week. Modise is expected to return to the fray,
which is a positive but there is still no clarity on Mario Booysen’s
circumstances, although indications are that he will be available for
selection. Coach Pitso Mosimane said the player would return to action
last Friday but he was not used against Free State Stars.
Polokwane’s injury problems during this term have not been
severe but there is the small matter of their campaign starting to unravel at
what is now a critical stage in the season.
Kosta Papic’s troops were able to stem the tide when they
held Chippa United to a 1-1 draw in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. However,
prior to that they conceded four against SuperSport Untied and three against
Throughout this campaign Papic has made it quite apparent
that he would not alter his attacking style of football and Sundowns can expect
much of the same on Wednesday, which in turn should provide them with ample
opportunity to breach the opposition defence, even with a slightly depleted