Absa Premiership

Chiefs wary of Ntuli and Vilakazi threat

2019-01-16 14:53
Bongi Ntuli (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says his players have to be aware of the elusiveness of stars Bongi Ntuli and Nhlanhla Vilakazi against AmaZulu.

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Chiefs are set to take on Usuthu in a Premiership clash at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night.

Ntuli is in the race for the PSL's Golden Boot award on five strikes whereas Vilakazi is his team's captain and an influential performer.  

The Glamour Boys have a lengthy injury list going into the contest with Lorenzo Gordinho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Joseph Molangoane, Itumeleng Khune, Philani Zulu and Mulomowandau Mathoho all out of action.

However, they do welcome back George Maluleka who missed his side's 3-1 defeat to Zesco United in a CAF Confederations Cup play-off first leg clash last Sunday.

In addition, Amakhosi have not been beaten by the home outfit since 2007 indicating that fortune is on their side in the contest.

Middendorp told the club's official website: "We are here to play a very tricky AmaZulu team. It's going to be an intense game, but we are focused and ready for them. We are looking for maximum points in every match we play.

"We looked at AmaZulu especially their recent games at home. They have key players to watch. We have to watch (Bongi) Ntuli and (Nhlanhla) Vilakazi because they can be dangerous if not marked. We are looking forward to playing good football and get a result.

"We are seeing lots of improvement in our game. The players are getting the message of what we want to achieve. It's a matter of time that we start seeing a steady but upward movement in our trajectory."

Kick-off is 19:30.

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