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On-form relegation candidates meet in East London 29/04/05
Two clubs currently set on fighting their way out of the relegation zone, Bush Bucks and Santos, clash in a Castle Premiership match at the Absa Stadium on Saturday.

Although most of the country's attention will be on the Soweto derby at the FNB Stadium, Saturday's clash between Imbabala and the People's Team should also be a fascinating match.

Both sides have ben in 'revival-mode' since the appointments of Clive Barker (Santos) and Professor Ngubane (Bucks) and have managed to climb off the bottom of the log in recent weeks.

However, neither team is safe yet - Bucks have a two point cushion over last placed Rangers, while Santos have one more point than Bucks themselves.

The People's Team may have put three goals past Bucks in a recent Absa Cup quarter-final, but Imbabala have made no secret of the fact they have made survival in the PSL their ultimate priority and therefore it was somewhat of a second-string side which lost at the Athlone Stadium.

Santos caused one of the upsets of the season they shocked Pirates at home last weekend, however a midweek loss to SuperSport United has taken some of the shine off that win and coach Clive Barker will be only too aware that there is still plenty of work to be done if Santos are to avoid joining the Mvela Golden league next season.

Barker will have to ensure that his defenders are on their toes as Bucks strikers Agent Sawu and Bulelani Matroos have been in superb form recently.

At present the main source of threat from the People's Team is veteran Jean-Marc Ithier, who seems to be an even better when he has his Mauritius team-mate, Sebastian Bax, to support him from midfield, as the pair showed against the Buccaneers.

Their physical presence is certain to cause Ngubane's side some head-aches, while the more subtle skills of Thembile Kanono and Marawaan Bantam cannot be discounted either.

In Saturday's other Premiership action, Jomo Cosmos, another team fighting for their survival, take on SuperSport United at the Rand Stadium (Kick off is at 15.15).

These two sides have a number of interesting relationships, with United coach Pitso Mosimane having once played under the Ezenkhosi mentor, Jomo Sono, while of course Tico Tico Bucaune made a high profile move to Matsatsantsa from Cosmos and is now a key member of the Pretoria side. Pacy SuperSport winger Dikgang Mabalane is another player who will be out to impress against his former employers, if given the chance on Saturday.

 

 

 

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