JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe international defender Eric Chipeta has received his work permit and is in line to make his Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut for Chippa United when they travel to Maritzburg United today.
Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and Nigerian midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu and Chipeta have received their work permits and will now be available for selection.
Dauda is almost certain to replace Tsepo Motsoeneng in goals when United travel to Maritzburg United today for what would be just a fourth PSL appearance for the 29-year-old.
Dauda was consigned to the bench at Orlando Pirates last season, kept out of the side by Senzo Meyiwa, despite being the Black Stars No 1.
Nigeria international Uzochukwu will add width to the team, while Chipeta is also a current member of the Zimbabwe national side.
Both players featured heavily for their countries in the 2014 African Nations Championship that was hosted in South Africa earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise said victory over his former club Orlando Pirates tomorrow would put the Brazilians in a “strong position in the title race”.
Downs, the Absa PSL champions, will host Bucs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the fourth round of fixtures, with kick-off at 7:30pm.
“The match against Pirates will be an exciting one,” Modise told his official website.
“One cannot say it has come too early in the season as all the matches have to be played at some stage.
“The important thing is that we need to make sure that we get maximum points. If we beat them now and collect valuable points, it will put us in a strong position in the title race.”
Modise is well aware of Pirates’ pedigree, with the Soweto side reaching their fifth straight final at the weekend with their 5-1 aggregate slaying of Bidvest Wits in the MTN8.
“Pirates are always league contenders,” Modise said. “They have a good side that proved that they can play football in the highest level.
“They went to Africa last season and made it to the final. That to me is a team that we need to be careful of. It is a big game and we will be going into it with confidence and belief that we will get three points.”
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