Kaizer Chiefs take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a crucial Absa Premiership clash in Tshwane this evening, and KickOff.com points out five key things to consider for the Soweto giants.
The veteran trio will undoubtedly play an important role in Chiefs’ Chiefs are without several key players due to injuries, with their defense running extremely thin. The likes of Lorenzo Gordinho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kgotso Moleko, Tsepo Masilela are all absent, while up front they will be without their top goal scorer this season, Gustavo Paez. It will be interesting to see how the backline shapes up, and who comes in for Paez out of Bernard Parker, Dumisani Zuma and Ryan Moon.
bid to overcome the African champions, using their leadership and experience to shepherd those around them as they have been doing over the last year. Itumeleng Khune has proven his worth in goal, conceding just two goals in his five league appearances thus far.
Komphela vs Mosimane
The rivalry started out in the 2015 Telkom Knockout final, with Pitso Mosimane denying Steve Komphela the first piece of silverware of his coaching career. Two years later and Komphela is still without a winner’s medal, and while this clash doesn’t offer immediate reward, a second successive victory for the former Maritzburg United mentor will prove his tactical nous can match up to that of the African Coach of the Year.
Khune, Shabba, Katsande
Confidence ahead of Soweto Derby
With the Soweto Derby coming up this weekend, Amakhosi will hope to return to winning ways as a confidence boost ahead of the mammoth clash against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, not only for themselves but also to encourage their supporters to come out in their numbers. With just two wins in the league thus far, one against Downs will prove massive for the players’ self belief, while alleviating some pressure on Komphela.
Katsande walking Derby tight rope
Willard Katsande is skating on thin ice, with three yellow cards to his name. While he escaped the referee’s book in the defeat to Baroka before the international break, he may find it significantly tougher against the rampant attack of The Brazilians. He could play cautiously tonight, in order to avoid missing this weekend’s Soweto Derby, but it could also affect his performance at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.