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MTN8: Five areas Kaizer Chiefs need to improve against AmaZulu

4:38 PM WAT 01/10/2022
Kaizer Chiefs training Arthur Zwane Yusuf Maart.
Amakhosi are facing opponents from KwaZulu-Natal they have struggled to beat in recent confrontations

Kaizer Chiefs will face AmaZulu in Sunday's MTN8 semi-final, first leg match at FNB Stadium.

Although they are unbeaten in their last four games across all competitions, the Soweto giants have been struggling for consistency this season under coach Arthur Zwane.

Chiefs have yet to record two straight wins this season due to some weaknesses they are trying to correct.

GOAL takes a look at the areas Chiefs need to improve the most ahead of a potential season-changing clash.

  • Veli Mothwa of AmaZulu challenged by Kgaogelo Sekgota of Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    AmaZulu a tough nut to crack for Amakhosi

    Since edging AmaZulu 1-0 away in Durban in January 2021, Chiefs have struggled to beat Usuthu in four matches that followed between the two sides.

    What came after that win for Amakhosi was a 2-1 victory for Usuthu at FNB Stadium the following month.

    The two teams then cancelled each other out in 1-1 draws in both of last season's Premier Soccer League clashes.

    This term they met in early September and they shared the spoils in a 0-0 result at FNB Stadium.

    Chiefs would be keen to finally beat AmaZulu this time around.

  • Itumeleng Khune

    Goalkeeping

    Chiefs appear to have found a solution in goal with the experienced Itumeleng Khune coming back into the side.

    But what could be worrisome to them is that he has kept just one clean sheet in four games and interestingly, that clean sheet came against Usuthu last month.

    Being tighter in goal would save the Soweto giants against AmaZulu and going forward.

  • Dillon Solomons, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Defending

    Having conceded nine goals in eight league games, Chiefs are yet to find a reliable and stable combination at the back.

    The only consistent player in defence is Zitha Kwinika and a trusted player to partner for him is yet to be found.

    In their last league match against SuperSport, Zwane surprisingly deployed Edmilson Dove at centre-back while Erick Mathoho and Njabulo Ngcobo were on the bench.

    Siyabonga Ngezana has fallen out of favour with the coach and right-back Dillon Solomons is too offensive.

    However, Sifiso Hlanti has been showing experience at left-back.

    Chiefs now face an AmaZulu side with a threatening attack in Frank Mhango, Augustine Kwem and Bonginkisi Ntuli.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Attack

    Another area still giving Zwane a headache, as they have scored only seven goals in eight league outings.

    Three of those goals have come from the number nines while other attacking players like Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Kgaogelo Sekgota have been struggling.

    Although Chiefs have been misfiring upfront, new arrival Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has shown promise.

  • Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard

    Tactics

    Zwane appears to be struggling tactically and he is yet to find working combinations, from defence through the middle of the park, and to the strike force.

    Except for the 3-0 win over Maritzburg United, Chiefs have rarely dominated games this season

    But in their last match, Zwane opted for two number nines - Ashley du Preez and Bimenyimana - in what could be a combination to explore further.

  • Keagan Dolly, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Team selection

    Zwane has been adopting a hardline stance over certain players, most notably the benching of Dolly.

    Yes, Dolly might be struggling but his experience and class cannot be underplayed.

    That could frustrate the attacker and spoil the rest of his season and the coach has also been a bit harsh on Njabulo Blom and Happy Mashiane.

    While Chiefs beat SuperSport, selecting Dove ahead of Mathoho and Ngcobo is risky and could backfire against AmaZulu.