The Milano United versus Cape Town All Stars NFD derby promises to be a pulsating and hotly contested encounter.
Both sides have kicked off 2016 with two wins from two games as both clubs set their eye on the end goal; promotion to the Absa Premiership.
Igugu Lekapa currently occupy second spot on the NFD table, two points behind log leaders Baroka FC, while the Kinnes are seventh, five points off the play-off zone.
Going into the game, Milano beat African Warriors 1-0 before thrashing Moroka Swallows 5-0 at Athlone last Sunday. All Stars meanwhile upset high flying Witbank Spurs away in Mpumalanga, before edging out Thanda Royal Zulu 1-0 at home last Friday.
While Milano coach Boebie Solomons has been encouraging his men to be more of a ball playing unit, All Stars coach Ian Taylor has set about finding more of a clinical edge to his side’s attacking prowess, and seems to have found the answer in new signing Ranga Chivaviro, who has hit three goals in two matches.
It has all the makings of a classic, or at the very least a captivating full-blooded showdown, as Solomons gets set to face up to the club he departed at the end of last season.
A veteran of many a Cape derby, Solomons says he’s looking to mix things up and keep All Stars coach Ian Taylor guessing.
“We used to play direct football, but now we can change things up, we have got a lot of weapons, we can change our game, our formation.
“You can come against a wall because teams are reading you, teams look at you. All Stars will watch a video tape, they watched today [the 5-0 win over Swallows on Sunday]. We have to have some aces up our sleeves,” he said.
The previous three games between these two sides have dished up a healthy 12 goals, with one win each and one draw.