JOHANNESBURG – After a two-week break for international and MTN8 action, the second round of the Absa Premiership takes place this week.

There are three matches today and five on Wednesday, kick-off set for 7.30pm in all fixtures.

Down in Cape Town today, Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral squares up to an Ajax side coached by former Bucs mentor Roger De Sa.

Abbubaker Mobara, who departed the Urban Warriors for Pirates in the off-season, admits to being slightly anxious about facing his former club.

“Obviously it will be a different feeling and very difficult at the same time. I have played with those players most of my football career, if not all my career.

“And now to play against them it will be strange but in football such things happen, and I have to focus on my duties at Pirates because that’s where I am now,” the Bafana Bafana defender added.

Also today, Highlands Park play their first match in the top flight after promotion from the NFD, when they meet fellow promoted club Baroka FC in Tembisa.

The evening’s other action sees Bidvest Wits travel to Limpopo take on Polokwane City.

There are two Absa Premiership matches in KZN on Wednesday – Golden Arrows host Cape Town City at the Prince Magogo Stadium, while Maritzburg United entertain Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Up in Tshwane, SuperSport United host Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, with Kaizer Chiefs hosting Platinum Stars not far away in Soweto.

Then there is also a Free State derby to look forward to as Free State Stars host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Goble Park Stadium.

It should be a cracker – both sides began the season with defeats and will be determined to claim maximum points. Last season saw Stars doing the double over Celtic, winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.

Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium
Polokwane City v Bidvest Wits Old, Peter Mokaba Stadium
Highlands Park v Baroka FC, Makhulong Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs v Platinum Stars, FNB Stadium
SuperSport United v Chippa United, Lucas Moripe Stadium
Golden Arrows v Cape Town City, Prince Magogo Stadium
Free State Stars v Bloem Celtic, Goble Park Stadium
Maritzburg Utd v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium.

– African News Agency

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