A few weeks ago, not many would have given Polokwane City any chance of ending Amakhosi unbeaten run in the Premiership.
But after a horror start to the campaign, City have found good form and cannot be ruled out of causing an upset when they face Amakhosi at Peter Mokaba Stadium Tuesday. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.
Nine points from the last three matches have edged City away from the relegation zone and there is belief in the club’s camp that they can upset Amakhosi. Amakhosi have an 11-point lead at the summit but have found victories, especially convincing ones, hard to come by of late.
Amakhosi have not dropped points away from home this season, but City’s recent form — which has seen them beat Bidvest Wits, Free State Stars and Mpumalanga Black Aces away from home — has given their coach Kosta Papic a lot of confidence going into Tuesday’s clash.
“They are the favourites going into this game, but we are not afraid of them,” Papic said on Monday. “They are playing good football and they are winning their matches, which means they have the upper hand.
“But we are not going to sit back. We are going to attack and play our style of football.
“We are in good form at the moment, but we should remember that we have not done anything, so we are not getting excited. We need to stay focused because we still have a lot of matches to play this season,” Papic said. “We have to keep performing.”
City, who are in 11th place in the standings, have enjoyed a good run on the road and Papic said he would tell his players to treat the clash against Amakhosi like an away game.
“We played three matches away from home and we got the points. Now we are playing at home, but it will be like a home game for Amakhosi because they have the supporters and because of that I believe they have an advantage.
“So for us it’s another away match, whether we like it or not. Football is very dangerous. You can’t predict anything. I hope things will work out for us.”
Chiefs will be without key midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who has to serve a one-match suspension after receiving four yellow cards. He is likely to be replaced by George Maluleka.