Log leaders Chiefs aim for arrows.
Kaizer Chiefs, the secretary of the Absa premiere, will target Golden Arrows when the teams meet at the FNB Stadium for an evening meeting on Tuesday.
The starting signal will be given at 19:30 CAT.
With a fifth win from their seven league games this season, the bosses beat Baroka FC 1-0 at home on Saturday 28 September. The Amakhosi’s single goal was scored by Lebogang Manyama, taking them from 21 points to 16.
Coach Ernst Middendorp was satisfied with the victory over Baroka but feared that he would continue to lose players through injuries. These include club legend Itumeleng Khune, who beat Bakgaga.
“It is definitely a hard-working result. A game we’re used to playing. But we suffered definitely after the Tuesday game [September 24, a win away to AmaZulu], we had three days left [to prepare],” explained the German tactician.
“The injury that we had I was aware about it that some of the players got knocks coming into the game. On the other side, with a bit of a change in the second half we were aware about it to play a result-driven 45 minutes.”
Arrows played to a fourth consecutive draw in the league when Stellenbosch was 2-2 at home on Saturday 28 September. Abafana Bes’thende led the game with two goals after a brace from Zimbabwe striker Knox Mutizwa.
“In the first half we did well, [but] we went to sleep in the second half,” said coach Steve Komphela, who added: “It’s more like two points dropped.”
The experienced tactician continued: “Now we are facing another match [against his former team Kaizer Chiefs] and we should have been at least three points here. Whatever happens, will happen, you try to say each point is important, but we’ve just given away two.”
In the head-to-head statistics, Chiefs and Arrows have met in 36 league matches since 2000/01. The Amakhosi have won 18 matches against eight for Abafana Bes’thende, with 10 games remaining a draw. The Soweto national team won 10 of their 18 home games in the rivalry and suffered three defeats.
Last season, Arrows scored four points less than the chieftains in the teams’ two league meetings and won 2-1 at Princess Magogo Stadium on December 2018 before a 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium on April 2019. The Amakhosi last won this rivalry in the 2016/17 season.
Star players to watch
Khama Billiat – Zimbabwe showed brilliance in their victory over Baroka, although he still lacks the determination that is so strong when he stands at the top of his form. Nevertheless, Billiat will be an important figurehead for the Amakhosi.
Daniel Akpeyi – After Itumeleng Khune hobbled injured against Bakgaga on the weekend, Akpeyi entered and showed a good performance “between the sticks” so that the chieftains could claim all three points. He will probably be strongly represented again on Tuesday evening when arrows come to Soweto.
Knox Mutizwa – A series of Mutizwa goals seemed to have set Arrows on course to beat Stellenbosch, but the Durban team let things slide in the second half. The Zimbabwean will hope to continue his form in this high-profile fight against the Amakhosi.
Divine Lunga – The left-back is a very capable operator in both defense and attack, and arrows will hope to dominate his flank against chieftains. Lunga’s fight against the Chiefs’ right-back, Reeve Frosler, could be a decisive factor in this midweek clash.