Aces target Chiefs
Following the FIFA international break, Black Aces will resume their hunt to get back to winning ways in the League when they host Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday evening; kickoff is at 7-30pm.
AmaZayoni, who are still without a win in seven Premier Soccer League matches stretching back to January 30, know that a win over the stuttering defending champions Chiefs, will see them leapfrog the Soweto giants on the Absa Premiership log standings.
Aces are placed 5th on the log table with 37 points from 23 encounters while Amakhosi are in 4th position and two points ahead of AmaZayoni with seven matches remaining.
Despite the winless run in the League, AmaZayoni will draw inspiration from their impressive Nedbank Cup form, which saw them advance to the quarterfinals of the South African version of the FA Cup following a 7-0 over United Rovers in the Last 32 and a clinical 2-0 win over Maritzburg United.
While Aces have struggled in the past couple of months with form, so has Steve Komphela’s Kaizer Chiefs. The Soweto giants are winless in their last five matches in all competitions and were recently booted out of the Champions League second round stage.
Former Chiefs and current Aces striker Collins Mbesuma, who is leading the PSL top goal scorers charts with 13 goals in 23 matches, should be fired up to go against his former employers and put in yet another stellar performance.
When the two teams met in the corresponding fixture in October last year, it was Chiefs who walked away 1-0 winners at FND Stadium while 3-days earlier AmaKhosi again prevailed 2-1 in a Telkom Last8 match at Mbombela, with striker Sibusiso Masina scoring for AmaZayoni.
Masina, who will hope he is selected to start this match alongside Mbesuma, is blossoming into a real danger inside the opposition box and will be a headache for the visitors on Tuesday evening.
There’s a strong rivalry between Chiefs and Aces who, in head to head statistics, have met in 32 league matches.
Overall Chiefs have 21 wins as compared to five for AmaZayoni, while five matches have been drawn but, as is usually the case, statistics will count for little as the team who wants it most will walk away with maximum points.
The tickets for the Absa Premiership between hosts Mpumalanga Black Aces and Kaizer Chiefs are available at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers.
Black Aces recently launched their mascot, ‘Ace the Rhino’ who will surely entertain the crowd while Saving Rhino’s could be boosted by R10 000 and a R1 000 each from the Aces players – should AmaZayoni win!
The tickets are sold for R50 for adults and R20 for children.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport 4.
1995: Chiefs 2-0 Aces (Mthethwa 2)
1995: Aces 1-0 Chiefs (Mkhabela)
1996: Chiefs 1-0 Aces (Ndlanya)
1996/97: Chiefs 7-2 Aces (Lebese, Ndlanya 4, Lokoane, Modise; Tshisevhe (og), Cheou)
1996/97: Aces 0-1 Chiefs (Gqosha)
2009/10: Aces 3-3 Chiefs (Mtsweni, Mulenga, Maleka; Musona 2, Tshabalala)
2009/10: Chiefs 2-0 Aces (Masango, Tau)
2010/11: Aces 0-2 Chiefs (Musona 2)
2010/11: Chiefs 2-0 Aces (Tau, Musona)
2013/14: Aces 0-1 Chiefs (Parker)
2013/14: Chiefs 0 – 1 Aces (Timm)
2014/15: Chiefs 1 – 0 Aces (Masango)
2014/15: Aces 1 – 2 Chiefs (Ngoma)
2015/16: Chiefs 2 – 1 Aces (S. Masina)