Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he is wary of the threat posed by Free State Stars, ahead of Wednesday evening's clash at the James Motlatsi Stadium.
The Naturena-based outfit are aiming for their third consecutive league win following victories against Highlands Park and Maritzburg United respectively.
However, Komphela is not taking his former employees for granted despite the recent dismissal of their coach.
"This is a crucial match for us," he told the club's official website.
"It is not going to be easy. We hope things have turned in our favour after the encouraging wins in our last two matches.
"I worked at Free State Stars and I know them. They love winning and one thing I know is that they don't want to be seen at the bottom of the table.
"We have to be alert because they are going through changes in their technical team. With Themba Sithole in charge it is not going to be easy for us.
"I had an opportunity to work with some of the players there - they have good qualities and attributes to give us a tough match."
The Free-State based outfit have only garnered one point from their four league games played thus far, which came following former coach Denis Lavagne's sacking.
"They are a difficult team to predict. We have to go there mindful of the threat they pose," Komphela concluded.
Kick-off is at 19:30.
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