Kaizer Chiefs host SuperSport United in what is expected to be a thrilling DStv Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
Amakhosi have not had easy against Matsatsantsa a Pitori over the years and this clash will be no different. Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane, however, believes his team has what it takes to get maximum points from this encounter against their “hoodoo” side.
Yes, those games have always been difficult for us – they were more like our hoodoo team – and we are expecting a tough one on Saturday. They have been doing very well, managing to grind out results away from home, and also at home, so it shows they have assembled a good team that plays with energy. They also have a good technical team. But overall, as a club we are looking forward to the game,” says Zwane.
“I think their main strength is their aerial power. They get the ball out wide and put in crosses. They’ve got players like Bradley (Grobler), (Thamsanqa) Gabuza and (Thabang) Sibanyoni. They also have players that are out and out wingers that can put in good crosses so we are trying by all means to cut the supply. That will be the strategy; not to allow them to get the ball out wide and pinpoint the players inside the box.
At the same time, we also have to give them something to worry about when we have the ball. We have areas where we know that if we can quickly get the ball to those areas we can easily create a lot of goalscoring opportunities for us to win the game,” he added.
Zwane also revealed that Chiefs will be without three players in the encounter against SuperSport.
“We are still missing Khama (Billiat). We are also missing Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and George Matlou, who has a back problem. (Siyabonga) Ngezana was down with flu but he seems to be okay and is available for selection, so I think it’s only the three players I mentioned who are out and not ready to play. We know Ngcobo is out because of a family bereavement and Khama should be back in about two weeks. Then we have the FIFA break which will give him time to recover fully and recharge his batteries. Everyone else is available.”