Steve Komphela declares Ramahlwe Mphahlele ready for Kaizer Chiefs-Mamelodi Sundowns showdown

Mphahlele is set to return to action against his former team, with Komphela confirming his availability for Saturday’s encounter at the FNB Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela on Wednesday confirmed the readiness and availability of Ramahlwe Mphahlele for their clash with Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

“He is ready. He's coming from a serious injury set-back. He is in the squad, he could play but I don’t want to give away a lot to Sundowns,” Komphela told the media.

As for another former Sundowns man in Leonardo Castro, who got off the mark over the weekend with the winner against Baroka FC, Komphela said the striker is also in line to feature against his former employers.

However, given the alliance between Downs and the Colombian, Komphela is concerned that the Tshwane giants may use it to their advantage, thus preferring to leave his counterpart Pitso Mosimane with a lot to think about.

“He is training well, but I can’t say if he is going to play or not because Sundowns will play around that,” Komphela said.

Komphela expects an interesting clash with the high-flying Brazilians, who are top of the PSL log, while they have seemingly found their footing as well.

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“It’s going to be very interesting. Sundowns are doing well, we are also hitting some form. We are getting the goals, and we are scoring,” Komphela said.

The 50-year-old mentor said he's not surprised by his team's form simply because Chiefs are a big team, and that's what they're paid to do. Amakhosi are on a five-match unbeaten run - four wins and a single draw. They are yet to lose a match since the start of the 2018. 

“This is a big team. One thing people must not forget, this team is big. We do not get surprised by a positive run, but we just get angry when it’s not coming. So, that's when we are wining. To us it’s not normal. The only thing is when we draw because that to us is a loss then we get a bit edgy. But a win is a win. A win is normal at Chiefs, it’s what we get paid for,” Komphela said.