Absa Premiership

Komphela excited over injury free squad

Steve Komphela needs to win to ease the constant pressure from Amakhosi fans
PHOTO: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Steve Komphela needs to win to ease the constant pressure from Amakhosi fans PHOTO: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

Naturena - Sparks are expected to fly when Kaizer Chiefs welcome the current league log leaders, Tshwane-based Mamelodi Sundowns.

The encounter marks the return to action for the two teams after the PSL’s festive break. Chiefs confirmed that their loss to Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final was water under the bridge when they beat Bidvest Wits in their last Absa Premiership played on December 19, 2015.

“We are working hard to prepare for the final stretch of the league programme,” confirms head coach Steve Komphela.

“We have moved on from the disappointment of losing in the cup final. We have good news coming from the camp, having an injury free squad, which must serve as a boost ahead of what is going to be a tight schedule this time around.”

Itumeleng Khune, Eric Mathoho and Bernard Parker are back in full training. Khune and Mathoho missed the Telkom Knockout final and the league game against Sundowns and Wits respectively, while Parker was stretchered off in the Wits game.

Daniel Cardoso and David Zulu have also recovered after missing the better part of the first half of the season.

“We are geared to resume with the programme,” said Komphela.

“There are three competitions to challenge and we plan to do well in all three of them.”

The Chiefs coach refers to the Absa Premiership of which Chiefs are reigning champions, the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Champions League.

Kick-off is at 20:15 on Saturday, January 9.

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