While the rainbow nation will be celebrating the eleventh year into democracy, Pretoria and particularly Securicor Loftus Stadium will be rocked by the arrival of the The Dog and his Cape side Santos for the PSL encounter against Supersport United.
Signs of the will and guts to stay in the elite league have been seen through the commitment that the Peoples Team players have demonstrated. Under the guidance of Clive 'The Dog Barker, Santos have achieved some interesting results.
United on the other had have had a good run of late both here at home and in the continental competition. Tomorrows game promises to be another game that could present Santos with the chance to consolidate their stay in the PSL. United have every reason as well to fight for maximum points as they are in search for the runners up spot, or indeed the third placed position, which will see them enter the Champion's League.
Exciting and rising star Daine Klate is once again expected to cause havoc, while classy Mozambican international Tico-Tico Bucuane will test Santos defense to the fullest. The Santos rearguard, marshaled by experienced Edries Burton will have to be at their best to deal with the quick passing game by Pitsos lads.
The height and might of the Mauritian striker Jean Mark Ithier will also need special attention. United captain, Ricardo Katza and young Siboniso Gaxa will be tested to the limit especially their aerial prowess that could be intensified by the availability of another tall Mauritian and ever-hard working Sebastian Bax. Bax will draw confidence from the goal he scored from a first time volley in last Saturdays clash against log leaders Pirates.
This goal, which was clearly pre-planned, demonstrated that the although the People's Team are not known for their carpet football, they are able to create and score goals by using their strengths to the fullest.
Peter Kobane for United and Santos Ricardo Mannetti are expected to keep the engines of their respective teams running for the whole 90 minutes, while striker Carlo Scott is enjoying his game again since moving back to Cape Town. He has scored a number of crucial goals for Santos.
The lanky United striker, Lungisani Ndlela is also a threat as he is able to score and create those goals for his teammates. He will come face to face with another defender who almost shares the same height with him in Kenyan international Musa Otieno.
To add a bit more spice to the night's entertainment is the fact that this match will also serve as a dress rehersal for the upcoming Absa Cup semi-final between the two sides.
Both teams are on song, but the dogs bite is always harmful.
By Norman Chauke