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Chiefs eyeing first 2018 league win

Kaizer Chiefs are still chasing their first Absa Premiership win in 2018 and will hope to achieve that when the meet Polokwane City on Saturday at FNB Stadium.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

With Steve Komphela’s men having unveiled new signings on Wednesday, the Soweto giants will be chasing a win at all costs to keep up with the league title race.

Fresh from a 0-0 draw against SuperSport United last weekend in Mbombela, Amakhosi could feature new signings such as Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase on the day.

Apart from their goalless draw against the Tshwane side, they beat Platinum Stars and Ajax Cape Town before the Christmas break.

Occupying the fourth spot with 23 points on the log table from 16 games pushes Chiefs to bag the full three points.

Shifting focus to Rise and Shine, City are slowly picking up their momentum and are fresh from a 3-2 win over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at home last weekend.

The first win at home has boosted Bernard Molekwa’s side and they will now want to continue with their winning form away to Chiefs.

The Polokwane-based side sits at number 11 on the log with 18 points.

What the teams are saying

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela:

“I look at the log table and it is worrisome,” said Komphela.

“We have conceded nine goals, that is the best defence in the league at the moment along with Maritzburg United. But everybody else has gone beyond.

"We are not as free-scoring, maybe that is why we had to come up with this intervention signing two attacking midfielders and a striker.

“We have played too many draws even though we have only lost three matches.

“I think we are the only team that has lost this number of matches and have conceded the least number of goals. It is a cause for concern. Maybe Ntshangase and Castro will help us.”

Polokwane City assistant coach Phuti Mohafe:

“It’s a big one again and we have to ensure we go all out and fight hard, but Chiefs is a team we really struggle against,” said Mohafe.

“We are a motivated side I can say because we have two wins in a row now. The mission is to make it three wins in a row.

“It was not easy against Sundowns, the aim is to do this again because we have everyone available for selection.

“We have prepared well and emphasised the need to get the monkey off our backs by winning our third game and close the gap on the teams above us.”

Key players for Kaizer Chiefs:

Daniel Cradoso:

The former Free State Stars defender is proving to be a quality addition in the back four. He was solid against United last weekend and will want to see consistency in his role as a sweeper.

Teenage Hadebe:

It is safe to say the Zimbabwean international has settled in the local scene. His partnership with Siyabonga Ngezana, Cardoso and Itumeleng Khune is certainly paying dividends for Amakhosi.

Key players for Polokwane City:

Sammy Seabi:

The defender is using his height to good use when it comes to aerial duels. He conducted himself very well against Sundowns last weekend and went on to score a vital set piece. He is a threat when heading to Soweto.

Rodney Ramagalela:

The fast-paced forward is not showing signs of fatigue as he continues to cause an upset to many defenders. As the league’s leading goalscorer with nine goals, he will be a handful for the Amakhosi defence after netting a winner against Sundowns last weekend.


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