Amakhosi may be seeking revenge when they take Matsatsantsa into Tshwane
Kaizer Chiefs will strive to give their hope for silverware a big boost when they take SuperSport United on Sunday afternoon in the first stage of their MTN8 semi-final.
Despite the introduction of a number of new changes to the staff, the fortunes of Amakhosi have not changed, but the MTN8 offers Chiefs the ideal opportunity to start their season.
Chiefs have won only one game this season, which happened to be the clash that had set up a date with the reigning champions, and they will use that as motivation that ends up in the clash.
On the other hand SuperSport seemed to set aside their setbacks in the past and to have been in a sparkling form.
After overcoming a Soweto giant in Orlando Pirates, Matsatsantsa will look at another scalp on the way to a possible defense of their crown.
|Game||SuperSport United vs. Kaizer Chiefs|
|Date||Sunday, August 26|
|Time||3:00 PM SA Time|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
In South Africa the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4. You can also receive live updates on Goal.com.
|Live Match Center||TV channel|
Teams and team news
|midfielders||George Maluleka (wounded), Joseph Molangoane (wounded), Dax (work permit), Lebogang Manyama|
The Tshwane-based outfit will rely on their talismanic forward Evans Rusike and James Keene for goals.
Rusike in particular has had an impressive form by opening his account in the competition.
Meanwhile, SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo has the unenviable task of balancing the priorities of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with MTN8 commitments.
Now that Tembo had previously suggested that the focus would be on the Chippa United match in the midweek, Tembo will probably turn his aging squadron into Tshwane.
On the side of the home team, Chiefs may struggle in the competition, but they continue to skip the transfer market for new talent. The Glamor Boys recently brought both Lebogang Manyama and Mario Booysen on board.
However, coach Giovanni Solinas has confirmed that it is unlikely that the duo debuts in the cup. The pair will join Joseph Molangoane, who is on the side with a long-term injury and George Maluleka, who is not yet fit.
Chiefs fans will also have to wait a bit longer to cast their first look at Madagascar. International & # 39; Dax & # 39; is reportedly still awaiting his work permit.
Nevertheless, Solinas will count on the chemistry between Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat to keep them well ahead.
This will be the 35th meeting between the two parties and perhaps the most refined but if history is taken into account. Both teams have won 13 games and eight games ended in a draw.
But SuperSport is perhaps the form team that leads the game. The reigning champions have won four of their last five matches, which is a strong contradiction to Chiefs' fortune, which means they have won only one of their last five.
Revenge is, however, possible in the air, as Chiefs will still be hurt from their previous MTN8-defeat against SuperSport, where they were eliminated 1-0 in last year's competition.