The DStv Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs are hoping to pick up their league season where they left off seven weeks ago when they visit Golden Arrows in Durban in the New Year’s Eve Day fixture of a program of three matches on Saturday.
Chiefs were one of the best teams in the DStv Premiership during the first half of the season. They beat bitter rivals Orlando Pirates in their last game at the FNB Stadium, and they sit 4th in the DStv Premiership table, seven-point behind the log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
In contrast, Arrows, who are 8th, have only just managed to be in the top 8 after a slow start that included four wins from the team’s opening 13 matches, but Amakhosi’s coach Arthur Zwane is not taking Abafana Bes’thende lightly.
“Golden Arrows are a difficult team to play against. They are strong in their build up, and can vary their game and play long and short. They have very mobile players in their squad and have tactical flexibility in their final third entry,” Zwane said as quoted by Kaizer Chiefs website.
“They are good in one versus one situation as well. They’re clinical. We are playing against a team who are good going forward and who also have a good defense. It’s going to be a mountain to climb for us, but we will be ready comes the game on Saturday.”
However, Zwane is confident that his troops can spoil Vusi Vilakazi and Mabhuti Khenyeza’s resurgence at Arrows.
“We also have our weapons, and our strong points and weaknesses as well, but we try to make sure our strong points cover our weaknesses,” Zwane added.
“We just hope the players who are available right now will grab their opportunity given to them. I see no problem or worries at the moment. We have good players who will go out there and represent the team very well.”
But the Glamour Boys task will be made that much harder for the first time without versatile development graduate player Njabulo Blom, who has been sold to the USA club St. Louis City SC last week after his three years say at the Soweto giants.
Amakhosi visit Arrows on Saturday afternoon at their alternative ground, Moses Mabidha Stadium. They will be looking to secure a positive result as they bid to close the gap to league leaders Sundowns.
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