Majoro the return

Kaizer Chiefs still command a 10-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table, but their character will be tested in the coming week.

Orlando Pirates are still seething from their early-season derby defeat and they will want to put that right.

They have also put together a decent run that should have worried Amakhosi manager Stuart Baxter.

And then there is the in-form Lehlohonolo Majoro, who has a point to prove against his former employers.

The 28-year-old returns to action after serving a two-match suspension following his red card in the match against Platinum Stars a fortnight ago. Before that, Majoro was on a five-match scoring spree before missing the Tornado FC Nedbank Cup last-32 encounter.

The consistent striker will have a chance to dust off the cobwebs on Wednesday when Pirates visit Free State Stars.

Amakhosi’s credentials will be put to the test, first by Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday and then when they welcome Pirates.

Victories in the two games will give Chiefs the edge over their rivals, especially as they will be left with only eight games.

They had a rude awakening last week when they were derailed from their unbeaten run by SuperSport United.

It is evident that Chiefs miss Kingston Nkhatha, who left for SuperSport United in the January player-transfer window.

The Zimbabwean national might not have been lethal in front of the goal, but his overall contribution at Chiefs was massive, which was mainly to put pressure on defenders throughout the match.

Since his departure, Baxter has tried Matthew Rusike, Siphelele Mthembu and David Zulu – but none has had the same effect as Nkhatha.

There is also the small issue of Itumeleng Khune who, despite being fully fit, still has to feature in league games.

As Brilliant Khuzwayo conceded two goals against United, it will be interesting to see if Khune will be retained in the line-up after last week’s Nedbank Cup last-32 against fourth-tier minnows, Edu Sports.

With Sundowns breathing down their necks, pressure is mounting on Chiefs to reclaim their winning formula.

Sundowns have a chance to narrow the gap to seven points when they visit third-placed Bidvest Wits on Tuesday.

Sundowns and Wits are waiting for a slip-up from Chiefs, knowing they are still in with a chance.

The heat is on!

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