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Sun Apr 20 18:29:12 SAST 2014

Chiefs sitting pretty, heavy security for Downs' clash

MARC STRYDOM, MAZOLA MOLEFE, RAMATSIYI MOHOLOA and SBU MJIKELISO | 05 October, 2012 06:200 Comments
Lehlohonolo Majoro, of Kaizer Chiefs, celebrates his goal during last week's match against Chippa United. The log-leaders, yet to taste defeat, take on Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday
Image by: DUIF DU TOIT / GALLO IMAGES

IT'S consistency versus inconsistency when the unbeaten Kaizer Chiefs take on Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership clash at Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth tomorrow night.

Under coach Stuart Baxter's stewardship, log leaders Chiefs' efficiency in dispatching smaller teams has been impressive - with the latest victory being the 2-0 drubbing of Chippa United at Soccer City last weekend.

Bloemfontein Celtic notched up a 1-0 home win over champions Orlando Pirates last time out, but they have followed every victory with a defeat this season.

Strict security measures are expected during Mamelodi Sundowns' clash against Platinum Stars tomorrow night.

Coach Johan Neeskens was hounded by angry fans following the Brazilians' fourth league defeat in six matches when they were beaten 2-0 by Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville stadium last weekend.

Neeskens, who had to run for cover in the tunnel after being struck by an object on the face, returns to Lucas Moripe stadium tomorrow night in an attempt to change his team's fortunes.

While Neeskens tries to save his job, Ajax Cape Town begin life without Maarten Stekelenburg with a tricky away match to struggling AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida stadium tomorrow night.

Stekelenburg was fired on Tuesday and replaced with assistants Wilfred Mugeyi and Jan Pruijin, who are only expected to be at the helm for the match against Usuthu. The club hopes to have a new coach before a match against Sundowns on October 27.

Wits striker Calvin Kadi will look to continue his admirable goal-scoring run when his team fights it out with Lamontville Golden Arrows for a precious three points in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Kadi and University of Pretoria's Aubrey Ngoma have both scored four goals in six Absa Premiership games - but Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker remains the man with the boot to beat, having netted seven times.

In an early game tomorrow, Free State Stars host Moroka Swallows at Goble Park in Bethlehem.

University of Pretoria intend to claim their first home win by adding to Orlando Pirates' woes at Loftus on Sunday.

The Tshwane outfit have yet to lose, having registered three victories and three draws so far.

"With Pirates, it will be a hell of a tough one.

"They are going into this game wounded after losing 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend," said captain Tebogo Munyai.

Pirates captain Lucky "Phinda Mzala" Lekgwathi is confident their short trip to Tshwane will result in victory, and three points.

In Polokwane, on the same day, Black Leopards will face Supersport United at Peter Mokaba stadium. Leopards have vowed to hand United their first defeat of the season.

In Cape Town tonight, Chippa United face Maritzburg United and will hope to restore their pride after their loss to Kaizer Chiefs.

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