Absa Premiership Tuesday Night Preview
Orlando Pirates will be hoping to climb up on the standing when they host impressive Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership encounter at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night, kickoff at 19:30.
The Buccaneers will face the high flying Students without a coach, after Roger de Sa resigned on Friday, with his former assistant Eric Tinkler appointed as a caretaker coach. Orlando Pirates are 8th on the log with 20 points from 11 matches, while Bidvest Wits are 4th with 25 points after 13 matches.
The coachless side will be boosted by the possible return of left-back Patrick Phungwayo, who since played in September last year before suffering an Achilles injury. The club has confirmed that big centre-backs Rooi Mahamutsa and Siyabonga Sangweni are not far from getting back as well.
Bidvest Wits, who looks to be one of the title candidates this season under the guidance of three time winning league coach Gavin Hunt, have been one of the few teams busy in the January transfer window after acquiring the service of former Kaizer Chiefs striker Sthembiso Ngcobo.
Elsewhere on Tuesday night, AmaZulu will be eager to continue their great start to the New Year when they welcome Ajax Cape Town at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, kickoff also at 19:30.
Usuthu can register a double on the Urban Warriors if they beat them at home after winning the corresponding fixture 2-1 away from home when the two sides met early this season. The Durban-based outfit beat Supersport United away from home in their last outing and they are now 5th on the log with 24 points after 17 matches.
Ajax Cape Town, who are guided by English-born Ian Taylor as a caretaker coach after their head coach Mushin Ertugral left, are 10th on the standings with 19 points after 15 matches. The Cape Town fans will be hoping to see their recent signing in Thamsanqa Sangweni and Zimbabwean star striker Simba Sithole in action soon.
Ian Taylor, says the striker is mobile and he will enhance Ajax’ aerial capabilities. “Simba is a robust player in and around the penalty area. He is quick, strong on his feet and he is not afraid to take on defenders in one-one situations.
“He is a type of a striker who likes to be involved in the game, he vey mobile in possession and his height enhance the team’s aerial capabilities,” added the interim coach.
The other fixture on the night will see Premiership rookies Polokwane City entertain Platinum Stars at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, kickoff at 19:30 as well.
The MTN8 and the Telkom Knockout Cup champions have not been consistent in the league run despite having success in cup competitions after winning the two cups on offer this season as they lie 7th on the log with 22 points after 14 matches. The Rustenburg-based side club are one of the few teams who were quiet in the transfer market as they have no new additions to the club.
Polokwane City will look to use their home ground advantage to move further up on the log and stop flirting with relegation zone. The Rise and Shine are 13th on the log with 15 points after 15 matches, and they are two points away from a playoff place and five points safe from automatic relegation.