Absa Premiership

7 days, 2 Soweto derbies: Ernst v Rhulani

2019-11-01 14:12
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Three months into the domestic season and soccer fans are relishing the prospect of two Soweto derbies over the next seven days.

The first encounter will see Kaizer Chiefs 'host' arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final on Saturday.

Saturday will be a massive sporting day for South Africa when the Springboks target a third World Cup triumph against England in Japan prior to kick-off in the soccer.

The rugby kicks off at 11:00 (SA time) while the soccer starts at 15:00.

Amakhosi have been coasting in the Absa Premiership - 22 points from 9 games - which sees Ernst Middendorp's side lead the chasing pack in the log standings.

Their recent win against champions Mamelodi Sundowns has firmly put the Glamour Boys in the driving seat for a first league crown since the 2014/15 campaign.

However, the Brazilians and fellow league challengers Bidvest Wits will not go down without a fight as the season progresses.

In eighth position on the table, Rhulani Mokwena's Buccaneers have been struggling since the shock departure of head coach Milutin Sredojevic to Zamalek in August - two weeks after the start of the season.

The 32-year-old Mokwena has been entrusted by owner Irvin Khoza as the Sea Robbers' interim coach, and quite frankly, the level of performance has dropped under his watchful eye.

A lucky midweek 1-0 win against an in-form Highlands Park, courtesy of poor officiating, will have the Buccaneers eager to prove their worth on Saturday.

Pirates have only 12 points from 9 matches - 10 behind leaders Chiefs.

The second fixture (Saturday, November 9) will be an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium where tickets are fast approaching being sold out.

TELKOM KNOCKOUT QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES:

Friday, November 1

Maritzburg United v Highlands Park - 20:00

Saturday, November 2

Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates - 15:00

SuperSport United v Golden Arrows - 20:15

Sunday, November 3

Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns - 15:00

 

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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