In their last match of the year 2014, Black Aces will be all out to give their fans a fitting Christmas present with a win over Kaizer Chiefs when the sides clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
AmaZayoni, who succumbed to their fifth defeat of the season when they went down 2-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic midweek, will arrive at the FNB Stadium in Soweto for their 15h30 kickoff knowing they can inflict pain on the table-topping AmaKhosi.
Chiefs, who will be looking to end 2014 with a 14th Absa Premiership victory to end the year unbeaten, know that AmaZayoni are capable on knocking them off their perch and distinguish their 17-match undefeated run in all competitions.
When Clive Barker’s Aces travelled to Johannesburg for the second round fixture against Chiefs in April this year, Amakhosi were seemingly running away with the league title with a solid lead at the top of the log but Miguel Timm struck the solitary goal to hand AmaZayoni a 1-0 victory.
That win was to go a long way in unsettling Stuart Baxter’s chances of winning the league in his first season in charge at Naturena as AmaZayoni’s win derailed their campaign at the death and allowed Mamelodi Sundowns to swoop in through the back door and clinched the honours right under their noses.
However, tables have turned in this season’s camapaign with Chiefs on a rampant run and are yet to lose a match under normal time while Aces are struggling to conjure up win on the trot of late.
Be that as it may, Aces will give their all and know that a win over the log leaders will them remain within the top eight bracket with 24 points. AmaZayoni are currently placed 8th on the log standings on 21 points from 16 encounters.
Chiefs on the other hand, are on a jauganaunt run and have dropped only seven points playing in front of their home fans where they have picked up 21 points from nine matches so far this season. They are placed at the summit of the log 43 points from 17 matches.