Chiefs relying on strike-force
KAIZER Chiefs, buzzing from the form their strikers have shown so far this season, look to stretch their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership tomorrow night.
The log leaders host Black Leopards at Soccer City in the fourth league clash of the campaign and forwards Bernard Parker, who tops the scorers' charts with four goals already, and Kingston Nkhatha will be Amakhosi's key men.
Nkhatha, a former Leopards marksman, has netted twice in three matches.
Parker has also carried his club form over to the national team, scoring twice for Bafana Bafana against Mozambique in Nelspruit on Tuesday night to take his tally to 12 goals in 44 caps.
Chiefs are also out for revenge against Lidoda Duvha.
It was Leopards who added to their woes last season as Amakhosi missed out on yet another league title.
The narrow 1-0 defeat when these two sides last met at the same venue in April contributed to Chiefs losing further ground on Mamelodi Sundowns, table-toppers at the time, in the hunt for the elusive championship.
The Naturena side sacked coach Vladimir Vermezovic eight days later.
Leopards find themselves two points adrift of Chiefs ahead of tomorrow's clash, having managed only one victory in the new campaign.
That hard-earned win came on the opening day of the Premier League against Bloemfontein Celtic, but the other matches - against Bidvest Wits and Chippa United - ended in stalemates.
The big plus for Leopards this season is that they do not have the distraction of the African Confederation Cup, which took its toll on the team last term as they spent the better part of the campaign trying to avoid relegation.
The hosts are unbeaten, and so are the visitors, who have vowed not to be pushovers this season.
Influential Leopards midfielder Raymond Monama warned Amakhosi not to expect a single point from this encounter.
"I have no doubt Chiefs will taste their first defeat of the season, we will put up a big fight because we also want to keep our unbeaten record intact."
Kickoff is at 8.15pm. - additional reporting by Ramatsiyi Moholoa