With the Chiefs still reeling from their shock defeat over the weekend, Kaizer Chiefs now have some tough decisions to make ahead of their vital Soweto Derby clash with Orlando Pirates.
The Glamour Boys face Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday as they look to book their place in the quarterfinals but will have one eye fixed on the derby after the Buccaneers closed the gap on them to just six points on Sunday afternoon.
Chiefs are eager to end their longest ever trophy drought this year as they celebrate their 50th anniversary, and looked to be well on course in the Absa Premiership after heading into a big lead in 2019.
In 2020, however, Ernst Middendorp’s side has already dropped points in three games – losing twice – and are now only six points clear of Pirates and seven points ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand).
With that in mind, Middendorp may be tempted to rest a couple of players ahead of the clash with their bitter rivals, and now title hopefuls, on February 29, with the likes of Daniel Cardoso, Lebogang Manyama and Reeve Frosler all just one booking away from a one-game suspension.
The German will be eager to have all three key players available for selection against Josef Zinnbauer’s side at the end of the month and may look to instead bring in some second-string players against the Lions of the North rather than risking a ban.
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Source – SoccerLaduma