Chiefs, Aces desperate for win

Mpumalanga Black Aces will be giving their all in the hope of avoiding relegation when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening, kick-off at 20:15pm.

Aces’ David Mathebula admits that his side will go into the game against the Soweto Giants looking for nothing but the win and at the same time hoping that Moroka Swallows lose their league match against Vasco da Gama this weekend.

“We are going into this game to collect all three points. Our preparations for this game have gone very well and we are ready to dish out our best. We know that if we beat Chiefs on Saturday we can close the gap on Swallows to four points should they lose to Vasco,” said the former Amakhosi midfielder.

AmaZayoni could be officially relegated this weekend: if Moroka Swallows win their afternoon game against Vasco and the Mpumalanga team loses to Chiefs, then they will be ten points adrift at the bottom with just three rounds to play.

Aces will, however, come into this game on a high after claiming their fourth win of the Absa Premiership season last week, defeating AmaZulu 1-0 at home. Furthermore, it was their second league victory in the space of five games.

“The 1-0 win over AmaZulu in our last league match has given us a lot of confidence and we feel we can get another win over Chiefs. We know it will be tough because they are challenging for league honours, but we are fighting for our lives,” added Mathebula.

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to keep themselves in the hunt for the Absa Premiership title on Saturday and according to their left back Punch Masenamela Aces are standing in their way.

“We know if we want to stand any chance of lifting the title we have to win all our remaining league games. Aces are in a desperate situation and they need the win, but we want it more and we feel we can get it,” suggests Masenamela.

Chiefs kept up their hopes of a first league championship since 2005 when they defeated SuperSport United 2-0 in a midweek catch-up game. As a result of the win they are now just three points behind leaders Orlando Pirates.

The Amakhosi defender feels his side are just hitting their stride, “We are starting to play some of our best football and are passing the ball around nicely. We showed that in our win over SuperSport and I don’t think Aces will be able to contain us.”

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Aces have met in 27 league games since 1985. The Amakhosi have won 18 times, AmaZayoni just four, and five encounters have been drawn. When the teams met earlier this season in a league game in Witbank, Chiefs won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Knowledge Musona.