Super Sunday – Chiefs, Sundowns, Swallows and Ajax chase the winner’s medal

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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane attempts to outsprint Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso.Picture: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane attempts to outsprint Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso.Picture: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Another Super Sunday is here, with all eyes on the fixtures involving Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend.

Also on Sunday, either Swallows FC or Ajax Cape Town will claim the R3 million GladAfrica Championship grand prize that comes with automatic promotion to the elite league.

Absa Premiership log leaders Chiefs return to the FNB Stadium for a date with Bidvest Wits, while second-placed Sundowns will host Baroka FC at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Following their 1-0 defeat to Sundowns on Thursday, Amakhosi are under extreme pressure, as that result levelled the 13-point gap that Chiefs enjoyed late last year.

The two sides can no longer afford to drop any points in their remaining three matches, as any slip-up will open the door to an outright leader
Daniel Mothowagae

The two sides can no longer afford to drop any points in their remaining three matches, as any slip-up will open the door to an outright leader.

Jointly on 53 points, Chiefs hold the top spot by virtue of a better goal difference of +21 to Sundowns’ +16.

Interestingly, the two sides have endured a rough patch since the resumption of football in the bio-bubble three weeks ago.

Chiefs have won one in five outings, while Sundowns’ victory over the Soweto giants on Thursday was only their second, after the same number of matches as their rivals.

In the first division, leaders Swallows will face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, while Ajax Cape meet Mbombela United at the Rand Stadium.

Like the premier division, title contenders Swallows and Ajax are tied on 54 points, with just a single goal difference placing the Birds at the top of the pile.That difference will determine the champions, in the event of the two sides winning all their remaining matches.

With their 48-point haul, Tshakhuma have nothing to lose, as they’ve already secured third place and a spot in the promotional play-offs.

Their game against Swallows will surely be under the microscope so that fair play prevails.

At the bottom of the table, relegation-haunted Jomo Cosmos will face Pretoria University in a game where Jomo Sono will need all the points they can get to avoid the axe.

However, a draw could still do for Cosmos, provided TS Sporting slip up in their clash with Cape Umoya United in Pretoria.

REMAINING FIXTURES

Absa Premiership

Sunday

  • Bloemfontein Celtic vs Polokwane City (Tuks Stadium, 1.30pm)
  • Bidvest Wits vs Kaizer Chiefs (FNB Stadium, 3.30pm)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns vs Baroka FC (Dobsonville Stadium, 6pm)

Wednesday

  • Kaizer Chiefs vs Chippa United (Orlando Stadium)
  • Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns (Loftus Versfeld)
  • Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates (Lucas Moripe Stadium)
  • Black Leopards vs Bidvest Wits (FNB Stadium)
  • Stellenbosch vs AmaZulu (Tuks Stadium)
  • SuperSport United vs Baroka FC (Bidvest Stadium)
  • Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Emirates Airline Park)
  • Highlands Park vs Cape Town City (Dobsonville Stadium)

All matches kick off at 6pm

Saturday

  • Baroka FC vs Kaizer Chiefs (Bidvest Stadium)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns vs Black Leopards (Dobsonville Stadium)
  • Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch (Emirates Airline Park)
  • Bloemfontein Celtic vs Maritzburg United (Tuks Stadium)
  • Bidvest Wits vs Polokwane City (FNB Stadium)
  • Chippa United vs Golden Arrows (Orlando Stadium)
  • Cape Town City FC vs SuperSport United (Loftus Versfeld)
  • AmaZulu vs Highlands Park (Lucas Moripe Stadium)

All matches kick off at 3.30pm

GladAfrica Championship

Sunday

  • Swallows FC vs Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (Makhulong Stadium)
  • Ajax Cape Town vs Mbombela United (Rand Stadium)
  • Jomo Cosmos vs Pretoria University (Wits Rugby Stadium)
  • Cape Umoya United vs TS Sporting (Tuks Stadium)
  • Free State Stars vs JDR Stars (Sturrock Park)
  • Real Kings vs Richards Bay (Tsakane Stadium)
  • Uthongathi FC vs TS Galaxy (Randburg Rugby Stadium)
  • Royal Eagles vs Steenberg United (Johannesburg Stadium)

All matches kick off at 1.30pm


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Daniel Mothowagae 

Deputy sports editor

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Daniel.Mothowagae@citypress.co.za
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