Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to ease fan frustrations when they play Black Leopards on Wednesday in one of two PSL matches.
Chiefs have endured an average season which eventually saw fans march to the club’s base to demand changes and a swift return to better days. While the club are still processing the ramifications of the supporters’ unrest, they did move into the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.
They did it despite losing 3-0 in their away leg to Simba FC.
Back to domestic matters, Amakhosi are 11th but a couple of wins could seem them sneak into next season’s MTN8. Their indifferent form – two draws and two losses in their last four – may suggest otherwise.
And now they meet a desperate Black Leopards outfit. A loss in this contest would mean Chippa United need a single point in their 29th league game (vs TTM) to relegate Leopards.
“Given the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment‚ only a win [against Chiefs] will do for us‚” said Morgan Shivambu‚ who is now in charge alongside Mongezi Bobe after Lehlohonolo Seema left the club.
“A draw or a loss won’t help because we are in a dangerous position on the log and we need a win. It is going to be tough against Chiefs‚ who have targets of their own‚ but I believe in our players. They will get a positive result because we have trained well over the past few days.”
Lidoda Duvha face Chiefs‚ Cape Town City and Bloemfontein Celtic in their battle to survive the axe.
Chiefs start just 11 points ahead of Black Leopards. A win is vital for both sides with Chiefs’ coach Gavin Hunt no doubt himself under fire after overseeing a poor campaign.
The match kicks off at 3pm.
In the second game of Wednesday, Sundowns host neighbours SuperSport United looking to win the league.
The Brazilians are heavily fancied to take an unassailable lead over Amazulu as they chase their fourth league victory in a row. It would also be their fourth title in as many seasons.
The Sundowns’ coaching staff are trying to keep expectations low.
“We are not looking‚ and not putting a lot of pressure on the players to view this game as the title decider‚” said co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
“Our focus is now on the next assignment against SuperSport. You could see from training that the intensity was good and everybody is looking forward to give a fight.
“You know that Sundowns does not like to lose‚ or [fail to win] two matches in a row‚ so we have a responsibility to try and come back as soon as possible.
“For us it is always important to focus on our processes and according to our processes‚ this is the second match of the last cycle of five games‚ and we have won the first one.
“All our attention is now on making sure that we achieve our targets in our last four matches‚ it just happens that SuperSport can decide the [destiny of the] championship.”
The match kicks off at 5pm.