The Premier Soccer League (PSL) continues on Sunday afternoon with two exciting encounters on offer.
In the first of the two encounters, AmaZulu host high-flying Chippa United, looking to move even further away from the relegation zone. The clash promises to be a quality affair with two sides who play an exciting brand of football involved.
For Chippa, the clash could possibly see them give some of their new signings a maiden start. All eyes will be on coach Teboho Moloi as he dwindles over the prospect of giving former Orlando Pirates star Thabo Rakhale his debut.
The attacking midfielder was a surprise transfer late last year, and his influence on the wing cannot be stressed enough. It will also be interesting to see how Moloi copes without influential full-back Diamond Thopola, who moved in the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, on the side of Usuthu, coach Cavin Johnson will be looking for consistency from his troops. AmaZulu have racked up several impressive victories on their return to the topflight, most notably against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, but they have not been able to build on those successes.
For the Chilli Boys though, they will still need to be wary of the Durban-based outfit’s attacking prowess. Forward Rhulani Manzini is one of the league’s top scorers with five goals, and if any team will know the danger that he poses it will be his former side.
But going into the clash on Sunday, the Eastern Cape-based outfit will consider themselves as clear favourites as they have never lost to AmaZulu.
In five previous meetings, Chippa have recorded three victories, with two games ending in draws.
Despite starting off the season like a house on fire, Abafana Bes’thende have again fallen by the way side, drawing nine games and winning just three as they currently find themselves in 10th position on the league table.
Coach Clinton Larsen will hope that attacker Siphelele Magubane will reignite his scoring form and build on the four goals that he has contributed this season, but it certainly won’t be easy for Arrows against Celtic, who under coach Veselin Jelusic, have turned into an exciting and organised outfit.
They currently occupy seventh place on the league table and with players such as Menzi Masuku and Lorenzo Gordinho roped in on top of possessing the league’s top assists specialist in Deon Hotto, Celtic cannot be underestimated.
Nevertheless, history suggests that Arrows may be underdogs going into the clash in the Free State. Siwelele have won 11 out of 25 previous meetings, but an interesting stat is that two of Arrows’ three victories have come in the last PSL campaign with the most recent fixture ending in a 1-1 draw.