Vengeful Chiefs gunning for Downs

2012-08-18 15:15

Round number two for Amakhosi and the Brazilians in a much-anticipated league showdown at FNB stadium on Wednesday


Kaizer Chiefs could not have wished for a better time to avenge their 4-1 drubbing by Mamelodi Sundowns just over a fortnight ago.

On Wednesday, Amakhosi welcome Bafana Ba’style at FNB with the Loftus capitulation all but a distant memory.

Although Chiefs dished out a “six-pack” against AmaZulu, Sundowns is the prime target for Stuart Baxter’s men.

Chiefs supporters could not believe their eyes as their team’s expensively assembled back four was cut down to size by a Sundowns side that capitalised on every opening the opposition offered.

The Downs’ scalp is the one they prize the most and only victory will ease the pain.

Irrespective of what they could achieve this season, they will have difficulty living down that pallid performance.

Chiefs’ four-goal hero Bernard Parker will be out to increase his tally and force his way back into the Bafana Bafana set-up after being overlooked by previous coach Pitso Mosimane.

Against AmaZulu, Parker prowled the 18 yard area menacingly and made the most of the opportunities that came his way.

Johan Neeskens’ charges are well aware of what awaits them and are ready for the onslaught.

They have vowed to continue where they left off and inflict Chiefs’ first league defeat of the season.

Sundowns hardly got out of the first gear in their 1-0 win over debutantes Chippa United, but as Chiefs did the double on them last season, they will be keen to build on the psychological momentum garnered from such a win.

Games between the two have never been easy to predict as both sets of players rise to the occasion, and it should not be different on Wednesday.

But Chiefs will need to solidify their midfield, which has not shown a willingness to track back on defence, something Downs exposed ruthlessly.

Young Thamsanqa Sangweni will form a deadly partnership with Hlompho Kekana in Downs’ midfield.


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