Chiefs look for immediate return to winning form

Kaizer Chiefs will look for an immediate return to winning form when they welcome Royal AM to FNB Stadium for a DStv Premiership clash on the evening of Saturday.

Kick-off is at 5pm CAT.

Chiefs suffered their first loss of the 2021-22 league campaign when they were beaten 2-0 at champions Mamelodi Sundowns on 12 September. The Soweto side matched the Brazilians in most aspects, but were unable to finish off their chances.

The Amakhosi’s only previous home match so far this term saw them defeat Baroka FC 2-1 in August, and a repeat performance will be their ambition this weekend.

“We ended the game losing it 2-0 which is by far not a true reflection of the game, given the quality of our performance,” said Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter.

“I am pleased with the performance, not the result obviously and certainly not pleased with giving away two poor goals from our point of view.”

Baxter added that he enjoyed the combination play between Keagen Dolly, Samir Nurkovic and Khama Billiat, but wants to see more efficiency in front of goal.

“Samir is a good compliment to Khama and Keagan. I am disappointed that one of those front three did not score. We opened them up but could not finish.”

Royal, meanwhile, come into the game on a high, having claimed their first top-flight league win by defeating Chippa United 1-0 on September 12. Victor Letsoalo netted the decisive goal from the penalty spot.

“Our decision making in the first half was not right, especially in the final third,” said Royal coach John Maduka. “Second half we started well, got the goal, but then struggled to play with the ball.

“It’s natural to sit back and defend the lead, because the players wanted that first win. It was a problem, and we need to work on that for the future.

“The next game is against Chiefs, so it only gets even tougher, but we look forward to the challenge.”

Thwihli Thwahla’s only away game thus far in the season saw them beaten 1-0 at Swallows FC on the opening weekend of the campaign.

In head-to-head stats, this will be the first competitive meeting of Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM.

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kaizer Chiefs

Keagan Dolly – The former Sundowns player has been a revelation for Chiefs in the past two games, though he would have been disappointed at the result against his old club. Nonetheless, if Dolly can continue weaving his magic, then goals and wins will inevitably flow for the Amakhosi.

Samir Nurkovic – The Serbian striker was a thorn in the side of Sundowns throughout the heavyweight bout last weekend, but he let himself down with his finishing. Nurkovic will be determined to put that element of his game right, and Royal could suffer the consequences.

Royal AM

Hugo Nyame – The Cameroonian enjoyed a solid game and kept a confidence-building clean sheet against Chippa United last weekend. He is sure to be even busier against the quality attackers of Chiefs and his team will need another strong showing ‘between the posts’.

Tebogo Potsane – The exciting winger put in a fine showing against Chippa United, earning the man of the match award not only for his attacking abilities, but also for his selfless work when Royal don’t have possession. He’ll need to be just as energetic and effective against the Amakhosi come Saturday evening.

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