Amakhosi look to Rise & Shine in Polokwane
Kaizer Chiefs will look to maintain their winning form in the DStv Premiership this weekend, where they will take on a wounded Polokwane City outfit at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 3:30pm (SA, GMT+2)
The Glamour Boys have endured a Topsy-Turvy 2023/24 campaign in the league so far, as they look to maintain a favourable position on the DStv Premiership table.
Amakhosi's form sheet has not made for a good reading in their last five encounters, recording two victories and three losses during this period.
However, the Soweto giants will head into their game against Polokwane City following a 1-0 victory over Mokoka Swallows. In facing a stubborn Steve Komphela outfit, a 82nd minute effort by Christian Saile was enough for Chiefs to bag maximum points at the Dobsonville Stadium.
Also, Polokwane City have proven to be somewhat of a bogey team for Chiefs in the PSL. In the head-to-head count, Chiefs and Polokwane City recorded two wins a piece, including one draw in their last five ties.
Speaking ahead of the game, Chiefs defender Reeve Frosler bemoaned his side’s inconsistencies but hopes to build momentum with another win this weekend.
“We’ve been unfortunate, we win one and lose the next one or even get a draw,” Frosler said.
We really want to fix that and be as consistent as we can. Hopefully we win at the weekend and start to have that momentum.
“There's no easy game in this league. It doesn’t matter whether a team comes to play you off the back of five games without a win.
“We always try to focus more on ourselves and by saying that, I mean we are not looking too deep into Polokwane's recent form.”
Rise and Shine have found the going tough in the DStv Premiership lately and recorded four draws and one loss in their previous five league matches.
Polokwane City are currently on the back of a demoralising 3-0 defeat to TS Galaxy in their latest fixture, which took place on the 26th of November at the Mbombela Stadium.
As it stands, Polokwane City sit in 10th position on the log, level on points with their upcoming opponents (17) who occupy 8th position.
However, Polokwane can look to their home form as a slight boost in confidence. Rise & Shine suffered only one defeat on their own patch this season, while jotting down three wins and three draws in seven games so far.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Yusuf Maart: Maart has been one of Chiefs better players this season and remains the go-to man to keep the ball ticking in the middle of the park. The skilful midfielder will also be key in looking to break down the Polokwane City defence while playing in between the defensive lines.
Oswin Appollis: The marauding attacker has shown his worth in the 23/24 campaign, which was evident in his recent Bafana Bafana call-up. Chiefs will have to be on high alert for the 22-year-old, who could cause damage in one-on-one situations.