Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are in action on Wednesday as the PSL action resumes.
Chiefs face Benni McCarthy’s revamped Amazulu outfit at 3pm; it will be Amakhosi’s first outing since their Nedbank Cup defeat to minnows Richard’s Bay.
Gavin Hunt’s side have had a tumultuous time of late after not only the fallout from their Cup exit but also trying to schedule their CAF Champions League outing against Wydad Casablanca.
Hunt’s immediate concern should be trying to close the gap to McCarthy’s side. Who would’ve believed that Amazulu are four points ahead of Chiefs; the visitors to the FNB Stadium are in ninth while the Glamour Boys are in ninth.
“We need a lot of work,” said Amakhosi coach Gavin Hunt recently.
“We need more fight‚ we need better attitude when we go out there and that is something that is very difficult to change.”
Coming up against McCarthy’s men will test their attitude as Usuthu are unbeaten in their last six outings; in all they have 10 points from their last 12.
In the day’s second game, Sundowns look to maintain their hold on first place when Baroka come to play.
While the Brazilians are on top of the pile with 33 points, Bakgaga are in 10th and trail their illustrious hosts by 16 points.
That said Rhulani Mokwena is wary of the threat posed.
“Baroka have been very interesting to analyse. We’ve gone into their games… the Nedbank Cup against Cape Town Spurs [which they lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw post extra-time], we’ve gone into [their game against] Chiefs [a 1-1 draw], and we’ve gone into [their game versus] Cape Town City [another 1-all draw],’’ said Mokwena.
“They are doing some very good work because the identity of the team is very clear. Structurally, they have a system in place, which you can pick out in the 4-3-2-1 formation and they are very consistent regardless of the personnel.”
The match kicks off at 5pm.