pressure on amakhosi
Pressure is mounting on Kaizer Chiefs to start showing consistency and winning games if they hope to remain in the hunt for the Absa Premiership title.
Chiefs venture into Namahadi, QwaQwa, today for their 3.30pm date with Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli Stadium.
The potentially explosive clash comes at a time when Ea lla Koto are gradually getting their act together after a string of poor results.
It seems it is a question of two heads being better than one as club chairman Mike Mokoena has hailed the arrival of Steve Komphela as joint head coach with Themba Sithole.
"Rome was not built in a day. Things are beginning to shape up for the team and we are satisfied with the progress to date," Mokoena said.
"It will be a tough game for us, Chiefs are a big side and cannot be judged by their recent performance."
Bobby Motaung, Chiefs' general manager, said they wanted to get back to winning ways at the expense of Stars.
"It is crucial for us to win in QwaQwa, we are not thinking about the league championship right now. The most important thing for us is to do well and be consistent."
Ea lla Koto have been fairly consistent in their past four matches, collecting six points.
They beat Thanda Royal Zulu 3-2, drew against Maritzburg United (1-1), Platinum Stars (0-0) and Mamelodi Sundowns (1-1).
The inconsistent Amakhosi grabbed seven points from their past four games.
They defeated Bidvest Wits 4-1, pipped Golden Arrows 1-0, went down 2-1 to Santos and drew 3-all against Bay United.
Stars will be minus Sthembiso Ngcobo, Sipho Nkosi and Siyabonga Mdluli but Komphela and Sithole have depth to choose from.
On the other hand, Amakhosi will also be without their chief goal scorer, Jose Torrealba who got his third yellow card against United.
Players to watch are Duncan Lechesa, Diyo Sibisi and Jimmy Khauleza (Stars), Ibe-Zito Ogbonna, Gert Schalkwyk and Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Chiefs).