Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to record their fourth successive win in the DStv Premiership as the Soweto giants face ninth place Stellenbosch FC on Saturday afternoon.
Chiefs will travel to Danie Craven Stadium to face the Stellies, with the match kicking off at 5pm.
Having endured a difficult start to the season – deemed the club’s “worst start in the PSL era” by many – Amakhosi have seem to turned their season around since the return of Samir Nurkovic after he missed eight matches due to injury.
Nurkovic’s return to the side has been undisputed, with Amakhosi not losing a match in the league since. The club is currently at seventh place on the log after jumping from 14th position.
One Chiefs fan, Owethu Ngwenya, noted Amakhosi’s good form, but highlighted that the club needed to be more consistency for the remaining matches of the season.
“I think they have definitely been on a good run in recent games and are playing really well. Whether or not they can keep it up in the long run is something Chiefs fans are cautiously optimistic about,” he said.
“I think they will definitely win today against Stellenbosch, but it won’t be an easy game. Stellenbosch has many good players and are capable of creative build up play.
“I expect more consistency from the boys. Obviously it’s going to take time for Gavin Hunt to get the team where he wants to be. He’s done well in recent games and the confidence levels in the side have definitely improved, but we definitely need one or two defenders to strengthen the team and an attacking central midfielder who can link up play for the forwards,” he said.
Ngwenya still hopes that Hunt will bring trophies to Chiefs, which the club has won since 2015 while Stuart Baxter was still in charge.
“I think over the past decade that Hunt has been a main stay in the league, he’s definitely proved himself to be a great coach, but again it’s going to take time for him to get Chiefs playing the way he wants them to play and we need to afford him that time. I think I’d we give him time to make certain changes, he can definitely bring trophies to the side and put Chiefs back at the top of South African football,” he added.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele is facing a late fitness test after a hamstring injury, while Lebohang Lesako will be out for three of four weeks due to a knee injury. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is available for selection after limping out before the match against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC ended on Tuesday.
Chiefs is unbeaten in their four matches against Stellenbosch in all competitions, recording three wins and one draw in the process. The club have also won their two away matches against the Stellies in all competitions scoring sevens times in those two matches.