Chiefs still going for kill
DESPITE objections to playing their Telkom Knockout match so soon after the international break, Kaizer Chiefs will honour their date with Bidvest Wits at Milpark Stadium tonight.
Amakhosi expressed their discontent at having to face the Students barely three days after eight of their core players were on national duty over the past week.
Itumeleng Khune, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, George Lebese, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Eric Mathoho were part of the Bafana Bafana team that played against Poland last week and Kenya on Tuesday.
Zimbabwean duo Kingston Nkhatha and Lincoln Zvasiya were involved in their country's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Some of the eight players, with Khune almost a certainty, will not play any part in proceedings tonight as they will be in need of rest - a big blow that had the club fuming in the build-up to the game. Although assistant coach Doctor Khumalo lashed out at the situation, the Premiership log leaders will go for the kill. But they are aware that it will not be easy to beat a rapidly improving Wits side.
Khumalo believes the Students will solidify their defence to prevent Amakhosi from finding the back of the net. "Their attack is good but they will be working hard on their defence," said the former midfield maestro.
Wits have enjoyed relative success in the Premiership this season under new coach Antonio Lopez Habas, with a number of newly signed foot soldiers having bolstered the side, including ex-Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena.
He said: "We hope to have energy reserved and use it on the pitch. We are going out there to try keep a clean sheet. If we can do that, then it could win us the game."
- Kickoff is at 8.15pm.