Kaizer Chiefs - Chippa United Preview: Amakhosi can’t let it slip now

Molangoane has been linked with a possible exit from Naturena, but Komphela has dismissed the rumour, saying the winger suffered from a virus

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to further strengthen their position in the title race when they welcome Chippa United to the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.

Amakhosi are on a 13-match unbeaten run, and a win will see them move above Bidvest Wits and level on points with log leaders Cape Town City.

In 11 PSL games, Chiefs registered seven wins and four draws and their attacking players have shown hunger and determination in front of goal in recent weeks.

However, they will have to be cautious against a Chippa side that hasn’t been doing well since the start of the year.

The Chilli Boys collected just two points from a possible nine in their last three matches and they are winless in their last eight matches in the league, but they will be motivated by their first round win over the Glamour Boys.

Ironically, Amakhosi’s last defeat came at the hands of Chippa United in early December, and they would still have the memories of that humiliating loss which saw Dan Malesela’s side come from behind to claim all the points.

Malesela lost a few of his players who made it possible for him to topple Steve Komphela, including Thembinkosi Lorch, James Okwuosa and Marc van Heerden who joined Orlando Pirates during the mid-season transfer window.

The Port Elizabeth-based side will pin their hopes on the two Manzini's in Lerato and Rhulani upfront, but their defense will be hugely tested by Gustavo Paez, who is set to start in the absence of the suspended Bernard Parker.

Paez has netted four times in his last five outings for Chiefs, and the likes of Justice Chabalala will definitely be tasked with keeping a close eye on him.

Joseph Molangoane is another Chiefs’ player who will be out to prove a point against his former employers. His first match against Chippa United, on his return to competitive football after six months on the sidelines, didn’t go according to plan.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Chippa have met seven times since 2012. Amakhosi boast four wins to just two of Chippa, while there has been a single draw between the two sides. 

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