Kaizer Chiefs will go in search of their first win of the season when they welcome a familiar face back to Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.
While Amakhosi have been on an ongoing rebuilding mission as they look to bring an end to a three-season trophy drought, one of their former coaches has been enjoying heavily contrasting fortunes at the helm of Bloemfontein Celtic.
It has only been a few months since Steve Komphela stepped down from his role as Chiefs head coach and he will now look to prove a point to his detractors.
Phunya Sele Sele are currently unbeaten this season and boast a 100% win record and will now take aim at the Soweto giants.
Despite making several changes including bringing in a new coach, results have not been forthcoming for Chiefs in the league. But after losing to Bidvest Wits, they have played out to back-to-back draws against Baroka and Maritzburg United in the league.
|Game||Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic|
|Date||Wednesday, August 29|
|Time||7:30pm SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
|Live Match Centre||TV Channel|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Virgil Vries (injured)|
|Midfielders||George Maluleka (injured), Joseph Molangoane (injured), Dax (work permit)|
|Forwards||Lebogang Manyama (Fitness)|
With Bloemfontein Celtic certainly the fresher of the two sides due to their inactivity this past weekend in the MTN8, Chiefs will be wary, and changes are likely to be made.
Players such as Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Dumisani Zuma both returned for the MTN8 first leg semi-final, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will feature in the starting XI yet again.
Meanwhile, one player who is unlikely to feature is new signing Lebogang Manyama. The former Konyaspor attacker has been put on a specialised training programme and according to coach Giovanni Solinas he is still about two weeks away from making his debut.
Also, the Celtic game signals the end of an era. Siphiwe Tshabalala departed the Glamour Boys on Tuesday as he moved to Turkey after spending over a decade at Naturena.
The attacker’s absence could come as a blow considering that he has already opened his account in the league, but with the likes of Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat expected to lead the line, Chiefs will be optimistic.
Nonetheless, on the side of Celtic, it is likely to be business as usual. In spite of all the club’s boardroom issues, the players have been true professionals and Komphela is likely to go with an unchanged XI.
However, the game also throws the future of Lorenzo Gordinho into the spot light. The defender has been embroiled in a tug-o-war with his parent club, Chiefs, having previously requested his return, although the club have since refused.
The 24-year-old has been a part of all three of Celtic’s games thus far and has been an integral part of a defence who are yet to be breached this season.
With the 2018/19 season now in full swing, Chiefs know that they need to stop the slump, and history certainly favours them going into the clash with the Free State-based outfit.
Out of 32 previous meetings, Chiefs have won 17 games, while Siwelele have only tasted victory on two occasions.
Celtic will need to look back to 2009 for the last time they were victorious against Chiefs.
Nevertheless, last season both league clashes ended in draws, which perhaps is a good omen for Celtic, who go into the game on the back of a run of eight games without defeat in all competitions.