Cape Times

Stellenbos­ch FC face tough test from in-form Sekhukhune United

- HERMAN GIBBS herman.gibbs@gmail.com

THE famous Danie Craven Stadium in the Cape Winelands, with its idyllic setting, will host the topof-the-table clash between the two form DStv Premiershi­p teams, Stellenbos­ch FC and Sekhukhune United, tomorrow evening (5pm kick-off).

Stellenbos­ch will be looking to build on an impressive 1-0 midweek away win over Kaizer Chiefs, with Devin Titus scoring just before halftime. With that result, the Cape outfit stretched their unbeaten run in the Premiershi­p to 13 matches, and took a firm hold on second place with 38 points after 21 games.

Sekhukhune have also enjoyed an incredible Premiershi­p run, with only one loss in 10 matches. In midweek, they were held to a 2-2 draw at home in Polokwane by Cape Town City, a result that ended a sequence of five straight wins.

Stellenbos­ch coach Steve Barker says his team’s purple patch has been “a bit surreal”, and with nine matches left, he is hoping for more good performanc­es. “It’s about focus, because we’ve got another big game against Sekhukhune, so there’s no rest.”

The spotlight will also be on ailing heavyweigh­ts Kaizer Chiefs, who will be away to Chippa United at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

But the Amakhosi may be granted a postponeme­nt, after the tragic death of defender Luke Fleurs in a hijacking incident in Johannesbu­rg on Wednesday.

After their fine 2-0 midweek win over Cape Town Spurs, Chippa have been dealt a bitter blow with Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali suspended for the match against Chiefs.

WEEKEND PREMIERSHI­P FIXTURES Tomorrow –

3pm: Richards Bay v Moroka Swallows, Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs. 5pm: Stellenbos­ch FC v Sekhukhune United. 5.30pm: Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows. 8pm: SuperSport United v TS Galaxy Sunday – 3pm: Royal AM v Polokwane City, Cape Town City v AmaZulu

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