Kaizer Chiefs will look to make it two wins in a row as they welcome Mpumalanga Black Aces for an Absa Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.
Both Amakhosi and AmaZayoni are fresh from a Telkom Knockout Cup battle over the past weekend with the defending league champions emerging victorious.
Steve Komphela’s men are doing exceptionally well in the TKO cup having beaten Platinum Stars 3-0 and their 2-1 win over Aces may motivate them to bag their third league win.
Komphela must be concerned about their league form as they have two wins and five draws with their most recent draw coming from the match against Jomo Cosmos last week.
Chiefs are placed at position six on the log with 11 points and going into this crucial tie ahead of the highly anticipated Soweto Derby means they’ll aim to win and face rivals Orlando Pirates in high spirits.
Komphela will hope to see striker Camaldine Abraw and defender Erick Mathoho displaying continuity in their game after giving Aces a tough time.
Moreover, the return of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who was outstanding versus Aces and could be an advantage for the hosts as they’ll target the three points.
On the part of visitors, Aces are doing well in the league having won four matches and drawn three – they are yet to lose a match.
They are placed at position three with 15 points, one point behind the log leaders Bidvest Wits and the return to league action means they’ll want to remain unbeaten and put pressure on the Students.
In their previous match, they fought to come back and force a 2-2 draw against the second-placed Platinum Stars last week.
Speaking ahead of the match, coach Komphela said they’ll have to look at the tapes from the TKO clash and prepare for the Tuesday tie.
“I hope the game will be a repeat of Saturday, it will be another tough game,” said Komphela.
“I will look at the notes and tapes to get feedback as part of preparing for Tuesday’s encounter. But that’s how it is, we have accepted as a team that every match is like a cup final.
“Tuesday will be a different ball game, we will go to the match high on confidence, we will avoid complacency.”
Ertugral has congratulated Amakhosi for their win in the TKO, saying it was purely based on errors on their part and they’ll hope to rectify them for this one.
“We made a couple of errors right in the beginning and then we came back in the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t win,” said Ertugral.
“Every team wants the three points and at the same time the league title winners can only be confirmed in May.
“Chiefs will also be thinking the same, which makes the fight tough. But a fight against Chiefs will always be tough, and we have to prepare very well and we have been preparing for that since the start of the season.”