Absa Premiership Preview: Supersport United vs University of Pretoria
Supersport United will look to bounce back when they host city rivals University of Pretoria at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday night, kickoff at 8pm.
Matsatsantsa A Pitori started the year on fire when they came with a factory away at Orlando Pirates in their first match of the year before being brought down to earth by AmaZulu on Tuesday night at the home.
The Pretoria-based side dropped maximum points at home after 1-0 loss to AmaZulu as they sit 5th on log with 23 points from 15 matches. Their coach Cavin Johnson showed his frustrations after their recent loss blaming his players for not being consistent saying his side cannot afford to beat big club Orlando Pirates and lose to an ordinary side like AmaZulu.
AmaTuks on the other side have a score to settle against United as three time league champions defeated them at Tuks Stadium 1-0 thanks to now Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka who scored the decisive goal in the opening half of the encounter in August 2013.
Steve Barker’s side didn’t start the season in style in the begging of the current term, but they started to find their feet towards the half-way point of the season. They occupy the 10th spot on the log with 17 points from 15 matches, and a win on Friday will take them level on points with Orlando Pirates who sit on the 8th place which is the last spot for the top-half of the table finish.
The Tuks fans will also be looking forward to seeing the new signing from Mamelodi Sundowns Raymond Monama, who arrives on a loan basis after his limited game time as the big spenders forced him to look elsewhere to keep his career alive.
The 24-year old might start as Steve Barker faces a selection headache as three of his regular players in striker Atusaye Nyondo and defenders Siyabonga Ngubane and Allen Robertson are still recovering from injuries.
Supersport United suffered another injury setback with left-back Sibusso Khumalo out for the Friday match as he was rushed to hospital in the match against AmaZulu after he suffered a concussion when went for a challenge against Bongani Ndulula. This was the second major injury for Cavin Johsnon after losing Ghanaian hard tackling midfielder Edwin Gymah against Orlando Pirates last week.