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
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.
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