The GladAfrica Championship makes a sensational return with two gameweek 24 catch-up matches on Sunday as Real Kings face off with Cape Umoya United and Richards Bay go head to head with TS Sporting.
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Sunday 9 August
Real Kings 12/10
Cape Umoya United 21/10
Real Kings will use Tsakane Stadium in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, as their homeground for the remainder of the season. The Covid-19 break came when they had just crashed out of the Nedbank Cup, having been thrashed 4-0 by Bidvest Wits. As far as their league form is concerned, they had won one of their last five games.
The Magic Boys are placed ninth and they pretty much have nothing to play for as it would take something close to a miracle to make it to the promotional play-offs. On the other hand, Cape Umoya United are within touching distance of safety as they’re placed six points above the relegation zone.
I think both teams are a bit rusty and there’s no motivational factor which makes this game a tricky one to call. I think both sets of players will lack sharpness and they will cancel each other out. Get on the draw here at 21/10.
Richards Bay 11/10
TS Sporting 23/10
As you would already know, Richards Bay FC won’t use the familiar Umhlathuze Sports Complex for their home games due to coronavirus restrictions. The Natal Rich Boyz left their province on Tuesday to start familiarising themselves with Tuks Rugby Stadium, which they will consider their backyard for the remainder of the season.
The hosts have won three of their last five games which has seen them go on an upward trajectory, steering away from the relegation dogfight and climbing up to 10th. Players like Katlego Maphathe and goalkeeper Malcom Jacobs have renewed their contracts which shows they have faith in the team’s project.
TS Sporting confirmed that there was a coronavirus case in their camp, but the unnamed player has now fully recovered and will be available for selection this weekend. Abantu Bemthetho have released Thabo Moseki and Honest Moyo after deciding against renewing their contracts and signed Sapholwethu Kelepu from Amavarara, however, the young defender can only start playing next season.
The visitors are two points above the relegation zone and dropping points at this critical stage of the season could spell danger for them. I think they need the result more than their opponents and they will give it their best shot in a “neutral venue. I’m backing TS Sporting at 23/10.
DOUBLE @ 10/1
Real Kings vs Cape Umoya Draw 21/10
TS Sporting Win 23/10