Tycoons want revenge on Birds


Kick off is at 19h30.

The Tycoons have played their last four Absa Premiership matches away from home and collected a healthy eight points out of a possible 12.

Their last outing was an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 win over BidVest Wits in Johannesburg, where a second half brace from Tshepo Ramokala saw Miguel Gamondi’s team recover from the shock of Pepe De Jesus’ opening minute goal.

But now, just ahead of their daunting first leg match against Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the third round of the CAF Champions League, Stars must look to reproduce that kind of form in Rustenburg, and put to the back of their mind the 6-2 embarrassment at the hands of Swallows earlier in the season.

On that occasion, James Chamanga netted the fasted hat-trick in the PSL and went on to add another two for a record five-goal haul.

The Zambian still tops the league’s scoring chart and looks a strong favourite to go on and claim the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award at the end of the season, especially if he can poach a few more against Stars tonight.

The Birds will also be in a confident frame of mind after dealing title chasers Ajax Cape Town a body blow in their last outing, a 2-1 win that was the perfect tonic after a bitter defeat at the hands of Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the month.

They also have an overwhelming advantage in head-to-head statistics, having won seven of the teams' nine league meetings since 2003/04.

Swallows will be without defender Bevan Fransman and playmaker Lefa Tsutsulupa, who are both serving suspensions.

Joining them on the sidelines will be coach Ian Gorowa, who is also suspended for the match.

Tebogo Monyai, Bjorn Gugger and Tsweu Mokoro have all recovered from injuries and will be available for selection.