A lot would be expected from Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs when the two sides meet at Loftus Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
It’s after all a top of the table clash and the tickets are sold out at the approximately 50 000-seater venue in Pretoria.
FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu picks out some players who could have an influence in the encounter.
FOR THE HOME SIDE, SUNDOWNS…
The Uruguayan winger is one of the most consistent players in the Sundowns XI and we all know why; he is one player who always exploits the space with no hesitation. Sirino currently boasts 5 goals and 1 assist across all competitions.
The ‘super sub’ has shown that he certainly could be a game changer. The striker has scored 3 goals in 3 games whilst making his way from the bench. He might not get a start but should he steps in at some stage of the match, he’d fancy a goal.
Stepping in for Denis Onyango, who has returned to Uganda to bury his father, Mweene is expected to stop familiar duo, Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat. His presence at the back would be crucial and perhaps the good thing for Sundowns is that the Zambian appears to be ready. “I’m ready (to step up). It’s about the work we put here in training because most of what we do here is not what we always get in a game – maybe you dive two or three times, but we’re always preparing (for more) here,” said Mweene during the week.
FOR THE AWAY SIDE, CHIEFS…
Playing against his former team, Billiat needs no motivation. Billiat’s former coach Pitso Mosimane said it himself said it himself that in Billiat, they created a monster for Chiefs. This is one man who would be key for Amakhosi. His ability to run at defenders and still sneak in a shot is just one of his many talents. Billiat currently has a goal and two assists in 7 matches.
Since joining Amakhosi in the June transfer window the Serbian has hit the ground running contributing to plenty of what the Glamour Boys do going forward. He’s jumped straight into the line-up making 7 matches in all competitions, bagging two goals and an assist.
Akpeyi has now become instrumental in Amakhosi’s victories, managing to pull some showstopper saves in recent matches. With a pacey Mamelodi Sundowns attack the man in between the sticks need to be sharp at all times. The Nigerian national team player has 3 clean sheets in 7 matches so far. He’s improved steadily and Sundowns then becomes a real test for him.