Title on Chiefs' birthday wish list
AS part of their 42nd anniversary, Kaizer Chiefs have promised their hordes of supporters a big birthday gift in the form of the Absa Premiership title.
Amakhosi turned 42 on Saturday in a weekend which also saw the ruling African National Congress celebrate a centenary.
"This is a big year for us and we want to celebrate our 42nd birthday by delivering on the mandate of winning the championship title," said Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung.
"We are happy that everything is going according to plan. We are in the race for the league and plan to intensify the challenge when we resume with the campaign next month.
"We owe it to our beautiful supporters to show that we appreciate their continued support. We also want them to brag at the end of the season."
Chiefs start their second round campaign with an away match against basement club Jomo Cosmos at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on February 15.
"The league is a marathon and we expect a stiff challenge because the second round will start in February and top clubs will be challenging for the league," said Motaung. "Those in the middle want to finish well inside the top eight and the bottom ones will fight hard to avoid the relegation axe.
"I expect the second round of the league campaign to be more exciting than the previous one. We are heading for yet another photo finish.
"Chiefs will be on top at the end of the season," said Motaung.
Meanwhile, Chiefs's No 1 goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune will start training with the rest of his teammates next week after being sidelined by a groin injury since October last year.
Chiefs physiotherapist Dave Milner said: "Itu (Khune) has responded well to the rehabilitation programme. He is feeling no pain at the present moment."