Kaizer Chiefs welcome Bloemfontein Celtic in their third game of the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season. It will be the Glamour Boys’ first league fixture at home. This clash follows Amakhosi’s two wins in a row in the league, both coming away from home.
Chiefs have also advanced in to the semi-finals of the MTN8 by drubbing Mpumalanga Black Aces in the quarter-finals 4 – 0 and have a 2-0 aggregate lead going in to the second leg of the semis next weekend. Already five different players have appeared on the scoresheet in the four fixtures played so far, namely Mandla Masango, George Maluleka, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Lebese. Masango, Letsholonyane, Tsepo Masilela and Maluleka have been awarded man of the match awards with their performances in the opening four games of the season.
Coach Stuart Baxter says, “The game against Celtic comes at a time when we are faced with a tight schedule early in the season. We are currently playing back to back games in the league and one cup. We will field a competitive side on Tuesday especially that we will be playing in our own backyard. We would like to protect our territory. The players are competing for the starting line-up and that is good for the team. We have missed the services of ‘Shabba’ (Siphiwe Tshabalala), (Bernard) Parker and (Matthew) Rusike but the other lads have come in and plugged in the gabs superbly.” Team captain Itumeleng Khune called on all the Amakhosi faithful to come in their numbers to support the team, “It is our first league game at home. We started the season well and we plan to keep the momentum. The mood in the camp is great and all the players are working hard and competing for places in the starting line-up.”
Ovidy Karuru is still waiting for his work permit and will not be available for selection on Tuesday.