Amakhosi are back at home as they try to make their PSL fares easier against the Free State visitors
Kaizer Chiefs would be willing to complete the run of five Premier Soccer League (PSL) games when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Having reached the first round of the Caf Champions League, the Chiefs ’domestic business appears to be in the doldrums.
They have made two appearances and three draws in their last five league games and there is growing pressure for Amakhosi to lift themselves from an unfamiliar position, 13th where they find themselves on the log. .
They now welcome the Celtic side who reach Gauteng behind two league wins that could boost confidence.
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The game will be shown live on SuperSport TV
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Squads & Team News
Amid a difficult run of form, clan chiefs have become pessimistic especially for goals.
With the promoters struggling to find the back of the net, this has seen Amakhosi get Samir Nurkovic back in action.
Serb have yet to play a single game this season but have started training with the rest of the team after recovering from injuries.
It may not come as a surprise to see him on the bench on Saturday though coach Gavin Hunt may not want to rip him into the thick of action for fear of injury.
Nurkovic’s return could provoke a mix between him and Khama Billiat who has one goal for his name in seven league games and Leonardo Castro who has managed two strikes.
Midfielder Philani Zulu will miss the game on Saturday after receiving a red card on their last trip which was a 2-1 loss by SuperSport United.
After captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune made costly mistakes in their last two games, Hunt may consider starting Daniel Akpeyi.
No other casualties have been reported at Chiefs camp but Reeve Frosler is still sidelined.
After starting the season under pressure without a taste of league victory until November 25 against the Black Leopards, followed by the dismissal of Baroka FC on Wednesday at home, Celtic coach John Maduka is leading the way high in confidence.
This is a game in which Maduka must have all his players available as they take on the side of potentially dangerous injured Chiefs.
The experience of Captain Ndumiso Mabena is a major threat for Chiefs as the striker has managed two goals in three league games and would hope to feature in his fourth straight PSL game of the season. seo.
In league games, Maduka has played a strong team unlike the Confederations Cup Caf and would have wanted Given Mashinkinya, Victor Letsoalo and former Chiefs star Lucky Baloyi to be available.
Midfielder Andile Fikizolo has yet to make his league debut this season and is unsure if he will be given a run by Maduka on Saturday.
Morale in the Chiefs camp seems to be at an all-time low as the Soweto giants have managed just one win, three draws and so many hits in this PSL campaign.
They last won a league game in October, a 1-0 win over Chippa United courtesy of a own goal by Gregory Damons.
That leaves Amakhosi desperate for three points on Saturday. What may reassure Leaders is that they are up against a Celtic side that has also been fighting for goals.
While Celtic do not look like a team that could be bothered by Chiefs’ strong defense, Hunt would not want visitors to shower for the first time this season against his some people.
Celtic coach Maduka meets another Soweto giant in seven days after losing the MTN8 final to the Orlando Pirates last Saturday.
The last time Chiefs and Celtic met, it was a disastrous trip for Amakhosi to cancel their title claim after a 3-1 loss during the PSL bubble in August.
Both sides are coming a long way and had their league leg ever in June 1971 when Chiefs certainly won 5-0 and since then, the Soweto giants have dominated Celtic.