Kaizer Chiefs have sights set on best ever Premier Soccer League start
Victory for Kaizer Chiefs over Bloemfontein Celtic in Saturday’s clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth presents AmaKhosi with the chance to extend their best ever start to a new season since the Premier Soccer League began in 1996.
Chiefs have won five and drawn one of their opening six games of the campaign, the same record they managed in the 1996/97 campaign.
They need to win their next three games to keep up with that record start and should they do so will likely have a fair lead in the title race, one which is already considerable at four points.
In 1996, Chiefs went onto establish an unbeaten run of 13 matches under coach Jeff Butler and took the early lead but in the end lost out to Manning Rangers in the championship chase.
Chiefs' swash buckling form over the last weeks contrast with ponderous starts in in recent years. The club last won the league in 2005 and Baxter has been tasked with ending a seven-year drought.
Their run of form has come despite some serious injury setbacks, notably new centre-back Morgan Gould, who needed surgery after injuring his Achilles tendon in training and will not play again this year.
Siboniso Gaxa has now joined Gould on the long term injury list after being told he will be out for at least two months. He was injured in what the club describe as “an overzealous tackle” in last Monday’s match against Wits in Nelspruit.
Gaxa had won a recent recall to the national team and was the Bafana Bafana right back for the friendly in Brazil.
Chiefs are likely to have left-Tsepo Masilela and attacking midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi available for Saturday’s game against Celtic.