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Football | Absa Premiership

Lebogang Manyama contends with Ramahlwe Mphahlele © Backpagepix

Chiefs, City in top-of-the-table clash



Kaizer Chiefs are out to erase their Nedbank Cup loss this past weekend when they visit Cape Town City for their Absa Premiership encounter on Tuesday at Cape Town Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Steve Komphela's men will be desperately chasing a win to ensure they keep their league title hopes alive.

Coming from a disappointing 5-3 loss on penalties against SuperSport United in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup, Amakhosi are a wounded animal heading to the Mother City.

Although they claimed a win over Bloemfontein Celtic ad Chippa United in their most recent league matches, they lost to Stuart Baxter's men in the Ke Yona competition last weekend.

Chiefs are currently in third place on the table, trailing their hosts and league leaders by one point from 24 matches

In the previous round, the two teams failed to bag a win at FNB Stadium as the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

With the league becoming the only trophy on offer in the 2016/17 season, the Naturena-based side will be forced to go all out and ensure they ease their trophy drought.

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"They (Cape Town City) are lethal on transition," said Komphela.

"They set things up nicely. They know how to screen and as soon as they get the ball they come straight at you, and that is one thing we need to be careful about.

"Based on our game model we need to be careful that it shouldn’t play into their hands.

"But one thing we know about them on transition, they will come at you like they have never seen a goal post before."

The Citizens are not under pressure to win the league title if the word from coach Eric Tinkler is anything to go by.

However, they will hope to finish the job at home in front of their home crowd and ensure they remain placed at the top of the table.

Having played a 1-1 draw against the second-placed Bidvest Wits last week and beaten Platinum Stars 4-2 before that, City are out to maintain their decent run.

Sitting at the top with 46 points from 24 matches, the Telkom Knockout champions will treat the remaining six matches like cup finals as they hope to claim two trophies this season.

Although they drew 1-1 in the league, this encounter will be the third meeting between the two sides as Tinkler overcame Chiefs 1-0 in the MTN8 Cup earlier in the season.

“So the challenge that we find ourselves in is a challenge that is entertaining to us, because we know we've opportunities if we win our remaining matches. We have a chance of winning the league," said defender Thamsanqa Mkhize

"When you look at the challenge of relegation, that is also a big challenge because there you are fighting for your life and of course now we are fighting for our life because this chance we have now of winning the league, maybe we may not have it again.

"Maybe it won't happen the way it is now. You feel good inside that we are challenging for the league title. We are doing well.”



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