Chiefs favourites but wary of slipping

Lack of concentration in past matches with Leopards has cost AmaKhosi

Kaizer Chiefs will be fancied to keep up their unbeaten start to the new league season against Black Leopards on Saturday but cognisant at the same time of the club’s ability to let concentration slip against lesser lights.

Former Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic spent hours bemoaning lost concentration and tore his hair out in frustration at a lack of application from his players in matches against supposed minnows.

Chiefs have lost at home to the likes of Vasco da Gama, Santos and Leopards over the last years in what has become something of a problem for the club.

It will be a test of new coach Stuart Baxter’s acumen to see whether he can get the same commitment from his key players for a match Chiefs are easily expected to win, as they give when they are up against more glamorous opposition.

“One of the things I have noticed since returning to South Africa is that compared to the last time I was here with Bafana Bafana, most PSL teams including Black Leopards now aspire to be on top,” said Baxter in an interview on his club’s website.

“They are pushing themselves little bit more and playing against a team that is currently on top. They will be more motivated.

“We all know what is expected of us and we will give our best playing in front of our home crowd,” said the Chiefs coach.

Up against Chiefs will be the Zimbabwe international Brain Amidu, who AmaKhosi signed last season but did not use. They have since sold him Leopards as part of the deal that took Kingston Nkatha to Chiefs. Amidu will be looking to make a point after not being give a chance at Chiefs.

Black Leopards are one of only two clubs who have a winning record against Chiefs away from home in the league. They have won three away games in the past against Chiefs, against two draws and two losses.