Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

Givanni Solinas was relieved to have registered his first league win since joining Amakhosi, but he faces another tough test in the Free State

Kaizer Chiefs  will be targeting their second successive win at the expense of Free State Stars, who have struggled to win matches this season. 

Amakhosi are brimming with confidence following their rampant display which saw them beat Cape Town City 4-1 last weekend. 

However, they have hardly kept a clean sheet this season; something which should be a worrying factor for Giovanni Solinas.

Ea Lla Koto on the other hand, are looking for their second win of the season. Their record so far this season hasn't been impressive, and Luc Eymael, who was wanted by Amakhosi knows that his players have a mountain to climb.  

Game Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs
Date Tuesday, September 18
Time 7:30 pm SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4. You can also catch live updates on

Live Match Centre TV Channel SS4

Squads & Team News

Position Missing players
Defender Erick Mathoho (injured)
Midfielder Joseph Molangoane (injured)
Striker Leonardo Castro (injured)

Chiefs will be without their key striker Leonardo Castro, who limped off the pitch against Cape Town City. 

His absence may somehow disrupt the team's rhythm upfront, but with Gustavo Paez, Bernard Parker and Ryan Moon all available for selection, Castro may unlikely be missed. 

Erick Mathoho is also not fit enough for this encounter, but the return of Teenage Hadebe from injury should stabilize the Amakhosi defence should Solinas opt to play him alongside Siyabonga Ngezana. 

Predicted Chiefs XI: Khune, Mphahlele, Walusimbi, Ngezana, Cardoso, Katsande, Ntshangase, Zuma, Parker, Billiat, Paez

Meanwhile, Stars have not reported any injury concerns from their camp ahead of this clash. 

This means players such as William Twala and Sinethemba Jantjie are available to try and torment the Amakhosi defence. 

Twala was deemed surplus to requirements at Chiefs, while Jantjie's proposed move to Naturena failed to materialized at the beginning of the year. 

These are the two players with a point to prove against Chiefs. 

Predicted Stars XI: Sangare, Mobbie, Tema, Keita, Phungwayo, Makhaula, Masehe, Jantjie, Tchilimbou, Dlamini, Moseamedi .

Match Preview

Khama Billiat, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2018

The two teams have already met this season albeit in the MTN8 with Amakhosi thumping Free State Stars 3-0 in the quarter-finals. 

However, this will be a different ball game simply because Chiefs are still trying to get their season back on track while Ea Lla Koto are looking to end their winless run. 

Stars are sitting on three defeats, one draw and one win from their opening five games. 

Chiefs, although they have had a slow start to the campaign, have lost just one of their opening six league matches (W1, D4, L1) - but they have conceded too many goals (8) - one better than Free State Stars (9). 

Stars have not been scoring enough. They have netted just five times in the league, while Chiefs have scored nine goals thus far. 

In head-to-head stats in the last 20 matches - Chiefs have won 12 to Stars' three, while five matches ended in draws. 

Ea Lla Koto were responsible for Chiefs' exit in the Nedbank Cup late last season, where Steve Komphela was forced to resign as head coach.