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Super Sunday Awaits Soccer Fans 05/12/03
Soccer fans are in for a feast of football on Sunday with Castle Premiership action taking place from coast to Coast.

The pick of the games has to be the clash between high-fliers Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town at the Johannesburg Stadium while the relegation six-pointer between Zulu Royals and Hellenic should be intriguing as the two strugglers battle for their Premiership lives.

Elsewhere, Wits take on struggling Dynamos, Sundowns host Black Leopards and Moroka Swallows play Golden Arrows.

Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town

The Buccaneers defence of their Castle Premiership title is starting to gain momentum. With four successive wins three away from home they are starting to show championship winning form.

However, their clash with Ajax will be a true test of their character as the Cape-based side have serious title ambitions of their own. Under Gordon Igesund they are playing tight and efficient football, making very few errors.

The Urban Warriors will have to do without the services of inspirational striker Mulekalayi Kanku who is suspended so a lot should rest on the shoulders of veteran Wilfred Mugeyi as he leads the attack.

The Sea Robbers will be looking to the rejuvenated Benedict Vilakazi to produce some of his renowned magic to spur the team on to greater heights and maybe a goal or two by Jimmy Kauleza who has shown glimpses of his best in recent weeks after a torrid spell.

Games between the two teams are always explosive who can forget the infamous match at Newlands that led to Josep Ngake and Thabo Mngomeni being banned two seasons ago for attacking the referee. Ngake is ironically now with Ajax but another cracker surely awaits.

Zulu Royals v Hellenic

With only two points from ten games this season Hellenic are in desperate need of a win if they are to harbour any lingering hopes of preserving their 40-year stint in the top flight.

Things have definitely improved under Neil Tovey but this now has to be translated into wins on the field. And if ever the Greek Gods are going to do this it cant get much easier than Royals.

The Usuthu themselves are a club in crisis (somethings never change!) and are languishing third from bottom of the log.

They too desperately need a win to put some distance between themselves and Hellenic and Dynamos.

An intriguing battle of wits awaits; not least between erstwhile adversaries Tovey and Gavin Lane, who is the Royals assistant coach.

Dynamos v Wits

Dynamos are still looking for their first win of the season but will have their work cut out for them against a tough as nails Wits side who remain the leagues only unbeaten team.

The Students bounced back from their disappointing loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the Coca-Cola Cup semifinals to hammer four goals past Manning Rangers last weekend and Dynamos will need to be at their best to stop the free-scoring side.

Steve Komphela has brought some shape to the Giyani-based Dynamos but it is doubtful they will pack enough punch to pierce the visitors stingy defence.

Sundowns v Black Leopards

Can the Brazilians season get any worse? After ploughing a reported R15million into the club, Patrice Motsepe surely did not envisage seeing his expensively assembled team languishing in mid-table 14 points behind the leaders with a third of the season gone.

Another loss this weekend and there could well be something of a revolution at the beleaguered former Premiership champions.

Leopards on the other hand continue to impress given their meager resources. Last weekends impressive 2-1 win over Supersport United was cause for a double celebration as it was also the clubs 20th anniversary.

Still yet to record their first away win of the season, Lidoda Duvha may not have to wait much longer!

Moroka Swallows v Golden Arrows

Such has been the focus on Chiefs, Pirates, Santos and Ajax as possible champions in waiting that fans tend to forget that the Beautiful Birds are a mere four points off the lead with a game in hand.

Gavin Hunts team have quietly gone about raking up the points to remain in striking distance of the top. If they produce the same kind of performance as they did in last weekends dismantling of Sundowns then Arrows could be in for a long afternoon.

Abafana BesThende looked very ordinary in going down to Pirates last time out and will need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps if they are not to get sucked into the relegation zone.

A team who can play wonderful flowing soccer on their day, they will need a bit of grit and stern application to come away from the Rand Stadium with anything.

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