Preview: Maritzburg v Chiefs

2015-03-11 15:14
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Cape Town - Maritzburg United will be without key midfield duo Nhlanhla Vilakazi and Ashley Hartog when they entertain Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.

Vilakazi is suspended, while club captain Ashley Hartog remains sidelined for a further six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

However, the Team of Choice do welcome back defender Ryan de Jongh from suspension, although Steve Komphela's out-of-form side go into the clash as massive underdogs.

They are on a nine match winless streak in all competitions, while they went down the Mpumalanga Black Aces in the Nedbank Cup last 16, and few will be backing them to turn that around when they face title favourites Amakhosi in the KwaZulu-Natal capital.

"It is going to be very difficult," Maritzburg coach Komphela said.

"But the beauty of playing Chiefs is that the players rise to the occasion. This place will be packed, there will be a vibe and it becomes more of an event than a football match."

Komphela added that he was happy with the way his side had been playing in recent weeks, despite results not being forthcoming.

"If you had to ask me what was going wrong, I would say that nothing is going wrong," he said. "We are performing very well, but the results are just not coming."

Chiefs have no fresh injury concerns, with Siphelele Mthembu pushing for a start after his cameo substitute appearance in the derby.

Catch Sport24’s LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from the Absa Premiership clash between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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