Cape Town City will be seeking a victory on Wednesday night when they look to confirm their top eight place in the Premiership.
The Citizens will host Maritzburg United, a side not yet safe from relegation, looking to arrest a three-match winless streak.
As it stands, City are seventh and five and seven points clear of Baroka and Kaizer Chiefs, the pair who sit in ninth and 10th respectively. The maths then is simple, a win over Maritzburg at the Cape Town Stadium will see City move to 40 points through 28 games.
It is a mark that Chiefs cannot reach leaving Baroka the task of winning all three remaining games; an unlikely feat considering their form this season.
The visitors will be no push-overs though … despite sitting in 12th place, they are just three points ahead of Chippa United. A loss will throw them firmly into the scrap of sides trying to avoid the playoff for promotion/relegation.
Maritzburg start with a win sandwiched by two losses in their most recent league outings while the home side’s good run of form has been halted by two losses and a draw.
“The training sessions are going very well.,” said City fullback Terrence Mashego ahead of kick-off.
“We have recovered from the travel and the game against Celtic. The guys are mentally and physically prepared. Judging by the mood in the camp you can tell that everyone is ready. We are playing Maritzburg. It’s our home game. We need to dominate. We need to collect maximum points to secure our place in the top eight,” Mashego said.
“Maritzburg are trying to save themselves from relegation. We know it’s going to be a tough game and we need to fight if we want maximum points.”
The match kicks off at 5pm on Wednesday.