Kaizer Chiefs are set to finally return to the field of play on Sunday, when they take on Sekhukhune United at the FNB Stadium.
The match against Sekhukhune is set to be the first in two weeks when it comes to DStv Premiership action for Chiefs.
Chiefs camp has been hit bad by Covid-19
Just last week Wednesday, Chiefs released a statement which confirmed that their Kaizer Chiefs Village, in Naturena had a Covid-19 outbreak. Furthermore, the club would go on to confirm that a whopping, 31! Members of the village had tested positive for the virus. That then prompted their appeal to the PSL on the Friday, to postponement their next five games, including the game against Cape Town City the very next day.
Cape Town City then travelled all the way to Johannesburg to honour the fixture, as the PSL had not said anything about granting Chiefs a postponement of any of the fixtures they had asked for. City, however, controversially arrived to a locked FNB Stadium and couldn’t enter the field of play,.
Couldn’t travel to face Arrows either
As that debacle hung in the balance, Chiefs failed to honour their away trip to Lamontville Golden Arrows. It is said that , although the league website described the fixture as postponed, Arrows as well as the match officials were present at the stadium which then presents another potential sticky situation.
What won’t present a sticky situation for Chiefs, however, is their fixture against Sekhukhune, which they have confirmed they will honour. In fact their assistant coach Arthur Zwane seemed to go as far as confirming three players that will benefit from the current situation and get a rare opportunity for game time.
Zwane admits combinations will be a challenge
“We are trying to get the combinations right. More than anything else, it’s a matter of trying to see if they cope, because we will have a team of players who have not been featuring regularly.” Zwane said to the club website, speaking about a depleted Chiefs side. He then went on to mention the players that should get game time.
Mentions players that will play
“Guys like Leonardo Castro and Siyabonga Ngezana will get some game time after they have had long term injuries. We are glad to see them back and other players who have not featured week-in and week-out will also get to play.” Said Zwane.
He then also confirmed the return of Njabulo Blom from suspension, a key player that the Chiefs faithful would expect to see start this fixture. Kickoff is at 18h00.