Mouth-watering clashes ahead in Absa Premiership

2012-02-15 10:04

The long wait is over as the Absa Premiership gets back to action this evening.

After a lengthy recess because of the Africa Cup of Nations, the league resumes with some mouth-watering clashes involving title contenders and relegation-haunted sides.

Clubs have used the almost two month-long break to reinforce their sides with Orlando Pirates the busiest on the market with five interesting acquisitions of Luis Boa Morte, Sifiso Myeni Thandani Ntshumayelo, Njabulo Manqana and Thabo Matlaba.

Log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who snatched Anthony Laffor from their neighbours SuperSport United in a swap deal involving Mabhuti Khenyeza and Franklin Cale, are off to Durban where they meet AmaZulu.

The two teams played to a goalless draw at the beginning of the season but Sundowns have since then improved their performance while Usuthu have lost coach Manqoba Mngqithi along the way.

Sundowns want to protect their lead at the top of the table.

Bottom of the log Jomo Cosmos host Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth in what promises to be a cracker of a game.

With time running out of Cosmos to move away from the automatic drop zone, Ezenkosi have promised to come back a better side in the second round.

Cosmos have vowed to avenge their first round defeat.

Another struggling side, Black Leopards, are off to Pirates at Orlando Stadium.

Other fixtures: Moroka Swallows vs Santos (Dobsonville Stadium); Ajax Cape Town vs Platinum Stars (Cape Town Stadium); SuperSport United vs Free State Stars (Lucas Moripe Stadium); Bloemfontein Celtic vs Golden Arrows (Botshabelo Stadium); Bidvest Wits vs Maritzburg United (Bidvest Stadium).

All matches kick off at 7.30pm.

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