Silverware is up for grabs on Saturday as Kaizer Chiefs take on TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
The Glamour Boys beat Chippa United in the semifinals in Port Elizabeth, just after the minnows stunned Lamontville Golden Arrows in their semi at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont near Durban.
Having suffered defeat in their last outing which was against their semifinal opponents, a change in tactics – and possibly personnel – could be on the cards for Ernst Middendorp’s men, who are looking to end what has been a disappointing season on a high.
The German emphasised the importance of taking the game by the scruff of the neck early on.
“Of course‚ it’s very clear‚ if you go into it tactically‚ we definitely have a certain responsibility in terms of being proactive‚ in terms of being on the front foot‚” Middendorp said.
“The defence work on our side has to be maximised‚ that’s for sure.
“Having the responsibility in terms of being proactive‚ in terms of demonstrating our position [of strength]‚ of course‚ it’s not a situation where we will have a different approach.
With Daniel Akpeyi cup tied and Virgil Vries’ ties with the club severed, rising star Bruce Bvuma is almost a sure bet for a starting berth in the absence of the injured Itumeleng Khune.
Veteran defender Eric Mathoho could aalso make a rare start, having returned from a lengthy injury layoff.
Kaizer Chiefs vs TS Galaxy predicted XIs
Kaizer Chiefs: Bvuma, Moleko, Hadebe, Cardoso, Mphahlele, Katsande, Maluleka, Adrianarimanana, Parker, Billiat, Castro.
TS Galaxy: Mpakumpaku, Aubaas, Dube, Mashego, Nyama, Setelele, Mbamba, Bodibe, Lepasa, Mdlinzo, Ndlovu.