Polokwane City are unpredictable and tricky but Kaizer Chiefs can overcome them with structure and a good gameplan‚ Amakhosi midfielder George Maluleka has said of Sunday’s Absa Premiership match-up at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
City have already provided a stumbling block to one top-three contender this week‚ holding second-placed‚ defending title-chasing Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in Pretoria on Tuesday night.
Chiefs‚ nine points behind leaders Bidvest Wits as the league marathon enters its final third‚ may or may not be championship contenders any more.
But they certainly want to improve on their current seventh and at least challenge for a top-three finish‚ so will want to dispatch of eighth-placed City.
“It’s always been tricky to play Polokwane City. You never know what to expect on the day‚” Maluleka admitted of Amakhosi’s ever-competitive opponents‚ who have been hard to beat under 54-year-old Slovakian coach Jozef Vukusic.
“We respect them. We always respect our opponents. But we know that if we can play the brand of football that we are playing right now we can put ourselves in a better position to win the game.
“Because we know we are going to create the chances. Now it’s just up to us to be able to convert.”
Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp’s innovative formations and tactical tweaks – utilising players in unusual positions – have been effective keeping opposition coaches guessing since the German’s arrival to replace Giovanni Solinas at Naturena in December.
One such deployment was when stalwart defensive midfielder Willard Katsande was dropped from Chiefs’ starting XI in the