By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THIS weekend could decide the direction for most of clubs in the Absa Premiership’s direction and fate to some.
The focus however will be in Limpopo’s capital, Polokwane on Sunday afternoon (Kick-Off at 3pm) where pace-setter Kaizer Chiefs take on second placed Platinum Stars in a clash which has since dubbed “The Moment of Truth.”
The outcome there will obviously decide whether the league title race is still wide open or otherwise.
With Chiefs on top of the log with 55 points after 26 matches, six points clear from Platinum Stars who are second with 49 points from the same number of matches, victory for tomorrow will guarantee them their first-ever league title which has eluded them for the past eight years. For the record, this will be for the first time in more than five seasons that the league title is decided with three matches remaining.
Apart from the six point gap, the mighty Amakhosi boast of a good goal difference advantage which sees them on +30 goals as opposed to Dinaledi’s +17 goals, a different of +13 goals to the Naturena-based side.
Chiefs’ forward men such as Bernard Parker (currently the club and the league’s leading goal-scorer with 12 goals), Lehogonolo Majoro and Kingston Nkatha who have rattled the net eight and seven times respectively.
Stars on the other hand has quality players such as their top goal-scorer, Henrico Botes (7 goals), Thuso Phala, Robert Ngambi who have been on top of their game lately who are likely to prove a point.
Shifting from the Chiefs-Stars match, another focus will be in Cape Town tomorrow night when bottom of the log Chippa United and equally struggling, Ajax Cape Town take each other in the clash which is more than a game.
Not only will be the supremacy of the Western Cape in this Cape derby will be at stake in this match, but the outcome as well is equally important as it is likely to decide the fate of both sides.
United are in the bottom of the log with 20 points from 26 matches with Ajax second from the bottom with 23 points from the same number of matches with a slight goals difference which sees the Chilli Boys on an advantage of -15 as opposed to the Urban Warriors’ -17. A win for United will mean that Ajax will go down to the 16th position. Kick-Off at the Phillipi Stadium is at 8.15pm
In another relegation battle, Black Leopards are expected to fight tooth and nail when they welcome University of Pretoria tomorrow afternoon in Polokwane. Kick-Off at the Peter Mokaba Stadium is at 3pm.
Leopards who recorded a 2-1 victory away to Ajax in their last match are lying on the 14th position with 23 points from 25 matches, and a win while at the same time praying that the Cape derby ends up in a draw could see them slightly moving away from the danger zone.
The rest of this weekend’s fixtures are:
Saturday, April 27: Free State Stars v AmaZulu (Gobler Park, 3pm), BidVest Wits v Orlando Pirates (Mombela, 6pm), Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic (Pilditch, 8.15pm)
Sunday, April 28: Golden Arrows v SuperSport United (Princess Magogo, 3pm)
Meanwhile Moroka Swallows has moved three places to the 7th position after they narrowly beat Maritzburg United 1-0 tonight in an away match played in Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Stadium. Katlego Mashego scored the all importance goal to the Dube Birds the maximum points.