Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to continue their recent revival when they travel to take on Free State Stars in the Premiership on Wednesday.
Chiefs have bounced back from a difficult start to the season with two straights wins and will eager to build on that winning platform with another positive result against Ea Lla Koto. The Amakhosi currently find themselves in sixth position on the log with seven points from four matches, while Stars have had endured a poor start to the season and currently lie third from bottom with just two points to their name.
Stars are currently managerless having sacked Denis Lavagne after just three matches, while Themba Sithole has since taken charge on an interim basis. The side will be counting on the form of midfielder Danny Venter as they hope to spark what would be an unlikely victory.
Chiefs, for their part, will be hopeful wing George Lebese can continue his recent uptake in form while midfielder William Twala has also impressed for the side of late. The return of influential midfield veteran Sibusio Tshabalala, meanwhile, will have given the side an added psychological boost as they look to capitalise on the growing feel-good factor surrounding the club.
Speaking after his side’s match against SuperSport United, Sithole emphasised that his side’s fitness was key to their competitiveness.
‘We had the challenge with our team in terms of fitness levels. I’m sure you saw our fitness went down in the second half,’ he said, reports SuperSport.
‘But going into the next game we will have a couple of sessions between now and Wednesday, and I think you will see a better performance then we had today,’ he added.
Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Komphela believes his side will get better and better as the pressure upon the side diminishes following a good run of results.
‘You keep marching on‚ you are going to get more confident [with each win] and you will play with more fluidity and you are going to be a little bit stress-free because of how you do things because you think better when you are not under any pressure,’ Komphela explained.
The action from the James Motlatsi Stadium gets underway from 19:30.
Wednesday’s Premiership Fixtures
Free State Stars vs Kaizer Chiefs – 19:30
Golden Arrows vs SuperSport United – 19:30
Baroka vs Chippa United – 19:30