Chippa United – Kaizer Chiefs: Injuries threaten to derail Amakhosi’s campaign

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The Soweto giants seek redemption and a return closer to the top of the PSL log, but they may have to do that without some of their key players

Chippa United – Kaizer Chiefs: Injuries threaten to derail Amakhosi’s campaign

The Soweto giants seek redemption and a return closer to the top of the PSL log, but they may have to do that without some of their key players

Kaizer Chiefs go into Saturday’s league encounter against Chippa United looking for nothing less than three points having gone six matches without a win in all competitions.

The Glamour Boys come off a disappointing 1-1 draw with Cape Town City, and with their strikers still firing blanks; this encounter is unlikely to produce too many goals.

Another challenge for Steve Komphela and his technical team is the fact that a few of his key players could miss the clash in Port Elizabeth.

Captain Itumeleng Khune and midfielder George Maluleka left the pitch carrying injuries on Tuesday.

The duo, together with Erick Mathoho who missed the midweek’s game against the Citizens, are all doubtful.

To make matters worse, William Twala is also out injured, while Sibusiso Khumalo will be serving his two-match ban after receiving a straight red in the previous encounter.

The quintet’s absence could well derail Amakhosi’s campaign, even though they’re still within touching distance of the leaders Cape Town City.

Chiefs are placed fourth on the log with 17 points from their first 11 league matches.

Komphela will draw some positives from their previous game. George Maluleka played his heart out, pushed forward more often and found the back of the net. The midfielder will again be important for the visiting team.

Edmore Chirambadare showed glimpses of his class, and the coach will hope he can build on his performance to try and help Chiefs return to winning ways.

On the other hand, the Chilli Boys, like Chiefs, are also going through a slump. They have not won in their last eight matches despite their promising start to the season.

However, in Dan Malesela, they have a coach capable of outfoxing any coach in the league. How Malesela studies his opponents is quite fascinating, and Komphela should be wary of his opposite number’s ability to execute his game plan on match days.

Apart from Rhulani Manzini who is still on the road to recovery, the Eastern Cape outfit has a clean bill of health.

They will definitely expect a better performance from goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who gave away a cheap goal in the previous game against Maritzburg United in KwaZulu Natal.

Katlego Mashego’s presence upfront will no doubt give Komphela a headache, but Thembinkosi Lorch cannot be overlooked as he is also capable of hurting Chiefs on the day.

Chippa United stunned Amakhosi 2-0 in Port Elizabeth the last time these two teams met.

It was Chippa’s first ever win over Chiefs, who have dominated this fixture with four wins in the six matches played between them since the 2012/13 season; the other match ended in a draw.

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