Kaizer Chiefs’ title credentials will face an early examination when they travel to Pretoria to face defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
The old saying goes that you can’t win the title in the first couple of weeks but can lose it rings true. A win for Sundowns will significantly dent Chiefs’ confidence and also stamp the Brazilians as impossible to beat.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 5pm.
The defending champions have been hit by alleged in-fighting with their trio of co-coaches and a slow start – draws against Golden Arrows in the MTN8 semi-finals first leg and Chippa United – have proven they might have their work cut out for them.
Khama Billiat and Daniel Cardoso led Chiefs to a win over Baroka after their opening draw against TS Galaxy. Amakhosi have been lifted by the arrival of Keagan Dolly, a player who made his mark while in the yellow of Masandawana.
Both sets of technical teams will be wary of fitness issues following the recent 2022 African World Cup Qualifiers.
Keagan Dolly is keen to play down expectations at Naturena.
“I’m taking it each step at a time. I’m not in a hurry to be at the top. It’s a process for me and that goes for the team as well. We are focused on what we set out to achieve throughout the season. It’s only the second game. There are a lot of positives we can take from this game and also a lot we need to work on. With each game we will just get better.”
Cardoso will be tasked with keeping Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile at bay. The Namibian has been in good form and will be ready to pounce on any error at the back.
Last season, both sides prevailed away from home as Chiefs won 2-1 in April in Pretoria which was Sundowns only blemish.