Absa Premiership returns

Leaders Kaizer Chiefs headline the resumption of the Absa Premiership schedule this week when they will be aiming to consolidate their eight point lead at the summit with victory over basement club AmaZulu in Durban on Wednesday.

Amakhosi's trip to the Moses Mabhida Stadium is one of seven fixtures to be played in what is effectively round 10, with the only two teams not in action being Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates.

The death of Buccaneers' goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa forced this past weekend's matches to be postponed.

Chiefs, meanwhile, saw their eight-match winning start to the campaign finally end when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows last time out. They have since also been beaten by Dikwena in the Telkom Knockout, losing out 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw.

It means that Stuart Baxter's men will be looking for a first win in two games as they endure their first hiccup of the term. However, they will be confident of gaining all the points against an Usuthu side that are the only winless one amongst the 16 in the entire championship.

The Durbanites have a paltry four points, while Chiefs are on 25, well ahead of Ajax Cape Town (17) in second position.

The Urban Warriors, who beat Platinum Stars in the last game, will be aiming to keep hold of their placing when they travel to the Tuks Stadium in the capital to take on University of Pretoria.

The hosts are without a win in their last six games with their last three-pointer coming way back against Chippa United on August 20.

Elsewhere, the surprise third-placed side Maritzburg United will be out to consolidate their unbeaten home record when they play Bloemfontein Celtic, who are ninth, at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Their coach Steve Komphela said: “In every group of five matches we try to get 10 points. Our target is 60 points by the end of the season, which is a championship worthy total."

So far they have impressed by collecting 15 points, the same number as Mamelodi Sundowns below them with the Brazilians due to entertain Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

That match-up is a fourth versus fifth affair, with Pirates in sixth place.

Bidvest Wits, presently seventh, face a tricky trip to the Eastern Cape and Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where they will come up against an in-form Chippa, who are eight.

The final two fixtures involve teams in the lower half of the table as Free State Stars play Polokwane City at the Charles Mopeli Stadium and Swallows take on SuperSport United in Dobsonville.