Kaizer Chiefs will look to reignite the form which took them to top of the PSL table before the mid-season break, against a rejuvenated and energized Sundowns side
Langerman, Mwanjali, Schut, Nyandoro
Domingues, Zwane, Mabaso
Laffor, Mphela, Mushekwi
Masilela, Matoho, Mashaimaite, Gaxa
Lebese, Letsholonyane, Katsande, Tshabalala
Mamelodi Sundowns will host Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday evening at Loftus Stadium, with the encounter between the two PSL giants expected to be a sell-out.
The AmaKhosi were initially circumspect about having to restart their season so soon after Bafana Bafana's return from the Africa Cup of Nations, but South Africa's failure to reach the semi-final stage of the tournament meant that the game is set to kickoff on Tuesday night.
Sundowns, still in the recovery process after their dismal start to the 2012/2013 season, will look to start off the second half of the campaign in a positive manner and should be rearing to go as the majority of the side did not take part in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Brazilian's speedy winger Anthony Laffor is excited about restarting the season and is eyeing a victory against Chiefs.
“The team is looking forward to the match against Kaizer Chiefs, not just because it’s one of the bigger matches but because we have been really working hard, preparing for the second half of the season," Laffor told Sundowns official website.
"The Afcon break afforded us the opportunity to work on our tactical game and grasp Coach Pitso’s philosophy.”
Brazilian trainer, Helvecio Pessoa joined Sundowns during the mid-season break and has been working on fine-tuning the side's fitness levels.
“We worked extensively on our movement and playing as a unit during the camp, but also got the opportunity to work on our fitness which is very important in the second half," Laffor concluded.
Chiefs "Afcon 7" have all returned to training and are being assessed by the AmaKhosi's medical team on the eve of the match, which will continue to keep a close eye on the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bernard Parker and Lehlonoholo Majoro. The trio returned from national duty recovering with injuries they had sustained during the tournament.
The AmaKhosi spent a part of their mid-season break in Lesotho and also held Angolan club Primeiro de Agosto to a 1-1 draw, where they welcomed back Morgan Gould from injury.
Stuart Baxter will have to make some vital decisions before selecting his starting XI on Tuesday evening, as he will have to ascertain which players have the legs to match a determined and resurgent Sundowns side, who will most likely view the start to the second half of the season as a new lease on life.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kaizer Chiefs' Bernard Parker tops the PSL list of goal scorers this season and is tied with Katlego Mashego, with both players having scored nine times.
- Chiefs' squad was largely diminished by the Africa Cup of Nations, with seven players having joined Bafana Bafana for the tournament.
- Sundowns fired coach Johan Neeskens after the Dutch coach failed to inspire his team, which led to the Brazilians incurring their worst start ever to a PSL season.
- Chiefs defeated Sundowns 2-1 in the reverse fixture this season.
- The Brazilians crushed Chiefs 4-1 at the beginning of the season during their MTN8 quarter-final.