South-Africa

Chiefs seek revenge against SuperSport

2018-08-24 13:51
Kaizer Chiefs (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have the chance to exact revenge for last season's MTN8 elimination at the hands of SuperSport United when they clash in a first leg semi-final on Sunday.

The match is set to take place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium with kick-off at 15:00.

Amakhosi may not have won a league game yet this season, but they did put up a superb performance in their 3-0 victory over Free State Stars in the quarter-finals.

SuperSport, the defending MTN8 champions (who beat Chiefs 1-0 in the quarter-finals last season) meanwhile edged out Orlando Pirates on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Chiefs have made two new signings this week in Lebogang Manyama and Mario Booysen, but neither will be available for the weekend as they are not match fit, while another new arrival, Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, is also not yet registered.

Joseph Molangoane remains out with a long-term injury, but on the plus side, Dumisani Zuma, who netted against Free State Stars, is available again after recovering from flu.

Although there will still be the second leg at home to play, Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas is not targeting anything less than a win against a SuperSport side he accepts will provide very stern opposition on Sunday.

"At Kaizer Chiefs, we are happy only when we win the game," said the Italian.

"So, a draw is not good, I know this. We need to win the game because that is our destiny, we play to win.

"We know it's going to be difficult because we play SuperSport and SuperSport is a very important club in South Africa," he continued.

"They have very good players and the coach is good. He's got a strategy that he used against Wits, AmaZulu and Pirates. He's strong with good preparation and tactically very good.

"In the PSL there are no easy games. Every game is tough and every game needs concentration. Every game needs good preparation."

Matsatsansta boss Kaitano Tembo meanwhile has made a positive start since taking charge of the team on a full-time basis this season, SuperSport having won three of four matches in the new campaign.

But he knows his team will have to be at their very best to get a result against Amakhosi.

"Well, Chiefs haven't been getting the results and coming into this game a lot of people would be writing them off, which is very dangerous especially from our side. So that's why it's key for us to really prepare well, and mentally we really have to be ready," Tembo said.

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