Thus far, concerns about the team’s performance are yet to fade for Kaizer Chiefs who have not been prosperous since 2015.
Amakhosi have gone four games without a win in the league and their play has been unenterprising. However, their coach Stuart Baxter remains optimistic about the future and recently pleaded with fans to back the team while he’s still building.
“I hope the supporters stick with us and they understand the journey that we are on,” he told the club’s media department.
“I think enough is happening to encourage us to believe this could be very good if we can just shift that ten percent,” he added.
Most of The Glamour Boys players are lacking confidence especially the new signings, making the team unable to gel.
With Cole Alexander having the whole business of midfield on his shoulders, he can’t handle the team alone as attacking midfielder Pathutshedzo Nange has been under par.
Centre back Njabulo Ngcobo played an encore against AmaZulu last week and was flawless. However, he’s only there for dirty work not as a playmaker.
The Soweto giants’ new winger Keagan Dolly hasn’t reached his climax yet and is under pressure considering so much was expected from him.
If ever-benched ballplayers like Sabelo Radebe and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo could start in the midfield, the Chiefs’ attack would function competently. Alexander and Nange should make way for them.
On the other hand, just like Chiefs, Chippa United have only won one of their six league games.
Be mindful of the history of Chippa firing coaches constantly, Gavin Hunt is under pressure and desperate for results.
However, he usually parks the bus against the big teams and relies mostly on fast breaks using his speedy attackers in Phakamani Mahlambi and Kurt Lentjies.
Chippa have the big man upfront, Eva Nga, who they pinpoint with long balls, however, he hasn’t found the back of the net in all six league games he played.
Recent results: (five league games)
Chiefs – WLLDD
Chippa – DLLLD
Chiefs – 12 (6 pts)
Chippa – 13 (5 pts)
Leonardo Castro – Chiefs (Injured)
Samir Nurkovic – Chiefs (Injured)
Dumisani Zuma – Chiefs (Injured)
Siyabonga Ngezana – Chiefs (Injured)
Yes, Gavin’s men have conceded six goals this season but still have a hard-to-break defense. Meanwhile, Chiefs aren’t clinical up front having scored only four goals so far, this one is likely to end as a goalless draw.
Sinethemba Sithole’s prediction:
Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Chippa United
The game will be played on Saturday at FNB Stadium with kick-off at 17:30.