In-form Polokwane City visit a Chippa United side that has been unfortunate so far in this Absa Premiership season. The Chilli Boys will be looking to get their first win of the 2019/20 season at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Chippa drew to Stellenbosch and Mamelodi Sundowns in their opening two league fixtures and were on the verge of a draw against Golden Arrows on Saturday. However, a late winner from Knox Mutizwa saw Abafana Bes’thende claim a 2-1 win.
“I think we at least deserved the draw based on the balance of play in the second half. First half, we were very poor. I thought we lacked energy and we were very flat,” Chippa coach Clinton Larsen told SuperSport TV.
“After making the changes at half-time, I thought we were easily the better team. Two crazy moments cost us.”
Rise and Shine have been out of action since their heroic 2-0 away win over Cape Town City in the MTN8 on 17 August.
Chippa United vs Polokwane City: Head-to-head
Statistics include cup games and the era in which Polokwane City were known as Bay United.
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Kick off time and prediction
Prediction: Chippa United have started the season better than the table suggests and Polokwane City have been punching above their weight. Rise and Shine are a marginally superior side on paper, but Chippa’s home advantage means a scoring draw is the likely result.
Kick off time: Wednesday 28 August at 19:30
Chippa United vs Polokwane City: Live score
Mamelodi Sundowns are out to continue their
perfect start to the new PSL season when they travel down to the Eastern Cape
to take on Chippa United on Wednesday.
Pitso Mosimane’s men mounted a steady
defence to their South African title on the opening weekend.
The reigning champions saw off SuperSport
United 2-0 thanks to a first half goal from Sibusiso Vilakazi and a late Themba
Zwane second at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
A fortnight off on the domestic front has
followed for the Brazilians, who have fared less well on the continent in the
Congolese champions Otoho d’Oyo snaffled a
2-1 first leg lead in their CAF Champions League preliminary round on Sunday.
Time on the road also gave coach Mosimane
time to speculate on the future of bright spark Rivaldo Coetzee.
The former Ajax Cape Town youngster, who
has moved up from central defence into the midfield engine room, as been tipped
to follow his fellow South African starlets on to the European stage.
Mosimane said: “For me with Rivaldo it’s
just a question of one scout from Europe. He is a European six, he’s a [Sergio]
Busquets, he does not make many mistakes.
“He’s a special player, he’s an investment.
The boy is 22. If Percy [Tau] went overseas at 23, Keagan [Dolly] at 23… so one
more year for Rivaldo.
“The boy can play in the UK, easy. He can
play in France, he can play in Italy. He is quality.”
Chippa United, by contrast, haven’t moved
an inch since their opening day draw with Stellenbosch FC.
The promoted Western Cape side held their
hosts to a goalless draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium a fortnight ago.
Chippa were beaten by the only goal in this
fixture early last season before slipping to a 3-2 loss in the reverse game
back in April.
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Kick off time and prediction
14 August, 19:30
Prediction: We hate to put our heads on a block here, but Sundowns should be
good for the win, expect a low scoring affair, though.
Chippa United vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Live score
A constant theme in transfer activity involving Orlando Pirates and Chippa United in recent years has been players moving between the two sides, and it hasn’t been any different this time around with defender Sandile Mthethwa becoming the latest to make the switch.
The 22-year-old recently returned to the Buccaneers from a loan spell out at first division outfit Richards Bay FC, and has apparently been deemed surplus to requirements by the coaching staff – at least for the immediate future.
He has wounded up at the Port Elizabeth-based outfit, where he is set for another loan stint.
The SA youth international is yet to feature in Pirates’ senior team, despite being in the club’s books for the past three seasons.
Mthethwa has been unable to break into the Soweto giants’ first team in the past, playing all of his competitive football in the National First Division, and that struggle looked set to continue, despite the club letting go of First team defenders such as Gladwin Shitolo, Marshall Munetsi and Caio Marcelo.
He now joins former Buccaneer and fellow defender Diamond Thopola, who signed for the Chilli Boys on a permanent basis, as well as midfielder Meshack Maphangule.
“The Chilli Boys have also brought in Diamond Thopola, Meshack Maphangule and Sandile Mthethwa from Soweto giants Orlando Pirates. Mthethwa is on loan,” Chippa confirmed via a statement on Friday.
Death, taxes and transfer business between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United
This is far from the first time the two clubs have done business in the transfer window, with a number of players switching between Soweto and the Windy City.
Pirates have recently signed fullback Tebogo Tlolane from Chippa, while welcoming utility player Tercious Malepe from a loan spell at the club.
One player who has benefited from a stint in PE is reigning PSL Player of the Season Thembinkosi Lorch, who had to make his bones in the Eastern Cape before becoming a permanent fixture in the famous black of the Buccaneers.
The marriage has, however, not yielded the best results for some, with the likes of Donald Mokondelela fading into relative obscurity after a spell at Chippa, while the likes of Thabo Rakhale have made the best of the move.
Players who have moved the opposite direction include Paseka Mako and Linda Mntambo, who are both yet to establish themselves in the Bucs first team after a season at the club.
Business between the two clubs has, however, not always gone smoothly, with Marcelo, Shitolo, Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Morrison all infamously backtracking from completing loan moves to Chippa.