Absa Premiership

Preview: Polokwane City v Aces

2015-04-29 15:26
Cole Alexander (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Polokwane City will be looking to snap their losing streak and reignite their bid for a top-eight finish when they welcome Mpumalanga Black Aces to the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Limpopo side have suffered a dismal run of late, losing their last three games in a row and winning just one of their last eight.

Black Aces moved to within three points of Rise and Shine in ninth place in the Premiership when they beat Maritzburg United last week and will quietly be harbouring hopes of a late top-eight charge themselves.

Polokwane suffered the indignity of being the club Kaizer Chiefs beat to be crowned champions of the Premiership when they were beaten 4-1 by Amakhosi last week.

With just three games left of the season for Rise and Shine, they will need to bounce back immediately to keep in touch with Maritzburg United and SuperSport United above them in the table.

Manager Kosta Papic admitted it has been difficult to motivate his players in the second half of the season after they accomplished their aim of securing survival in the division.

However, a spot in the top half of the division and entry into the lucrative MTN8 competition should be more than enough to spur on his players.

Neither side have any players suspended but Polokwane City's Cole Alexander and Sipho Jembula, as well as six Black Aces players including Dino Ndlovu, Miqeul Timm, Onyekachi Okonkwo, Phaladi Kobola, Skhumbuzo Mampuru and Zamuxolo Ngalo, are one yellow card away from a ban.


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