While Sekukhune United are punting their way back up the table, Babina Noko travel to the FNB Stadium on Saturday night, where they square-off against Kaizer Chiefs in the DSTV Premiership. Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership.
Despite enduring a largely inconsistent 2022/23 campaign, Amakhosi go into their next game on the back of two straight wins in the DStv Premiership.
The two wins came against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates and the Golden Arrows as coach Arthur Zawan continues his revolution at Nacharena.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership
Amakhosi are currently fourth on the log with 24 points from 14 games. As the home side, Chiefs have three wins, two draws and one loss to their name in six matches played at the FNB Stadium this season.
Speaking ahead of the tie, Jawan believes his side can still challenge for the league trophy and the title chase will go down to the wire. Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership.
“There are still 16 matches to play and I would agree with Sundowns coach Rulani who said never win the league in January,” Zawan said.
“Our focus is to look at ourselves and what we can improve. We will take it one game at a time and in each game we will play to win maximum points. I hope in all the remaining games we will be able to grind out the results and be there to compete with the best.
“Look at SuperSport and [third-placed] Richards Bay — they’re doing well and leading the pack at Sundowns. It’s never going to be easy and I believe it will come down to the wire.”
As for Sekhukhun, traveling outfit Chiefs enter the game after a 3-2 win over Marumo Gallants on Tuesday evening.
At a Glance
Having snapped their four-match winless streak, Sekukhune now find themselves in 12th place. Having recorded 15 points from 14 games.
Heading to Soweto, Sekhukhun are still looking for their first away win of the 22/23 campaign. Sekhukhun recorded four losses and three draws in seven road games. Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership.
With Chiefs on the horizon, Daniel Cardoso noted that PSL’s ‘Big Three’ need little motivation when facing off. And the players will be hungry to prove a point.
“Look, we’ve only come from two games, picked up four points, should have been six points.
“We dropped points against Amazulu, I thought we shouldn’t have dropped. Picking up six points would have put us under less pressure going into this point.
“It’s a big game, a big team and like I said before, when I talked about Pirates, when you come up against Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns, the motivation is already there.
“Players are hungry, players want to prove a point, young players are looking for contracts, so it’s going to be an exciting game.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bonfils Bimenimana: Bimenimana has been a bit of a revelation for Chiefs this season and is currently the club’s top scorer with seven goals to his name. Expected to lead the line, the 25-year-old will no doubt pose questions to the Babina Nko defence.
Edmilson Dove: Happy to see them get back into their groove, Dove will be tasked with keeping the visiting side’s attackers at bay. The versatile defender will face the likes of Victor Letswalo and Chibuike Ohizu. Who have recently found their goalscoring touch. Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership.
Victor Letswalo: With Sekhukhune leading the attack, Letswalo will be relied upon to stretch the Amakhosi backline. After a slow start to the season, Letsolo has been in great form of late. And will now get the chance to inspire his side against a star-studded Chiefs outfit.
Chibuike Ohizu: Much like Letswalo, Ohizu has shown positive form in recent times. The Nigerian got his name on the scoresheet during Babina Nko’s recent 3-2 win over Marumo Gallants. And will hope to do the same against the Glamor Boys.
Prediction Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukhune United South African Premiership
We Say Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 Sekhukhune United