With Kaizer Chiefs showing great form this season, FARPost picks 5 players that have been the most influential in Amakhosi colours.
While the likes of midfielder George Maluleka deserves some special mention, there are players that have done more in Chiefs colours so far in the 2019/2020 campaign.
Daniel Akpeyi (goalkeeper)
The Nigerian international has kept 7 clean sheets in 16 matches and in the process, he has silenced his critics. There was a time when Chiefs supporters were desperate for Itumeleng Khune to return from injury, but even with Khune back, the supporters are happy to see Akpeyi retain his place and with good reason, because he’s done well in goals for the club.
Eric Mathoho (defender)
‘Tower’ has been great in defence and also in attack, with 4 goals in 17 matches across all competitions to his credit. The centre-back is always looking to make things happen for Chiefs. It’s a comeback of sorts from the 29-year-old, because he only played 5 matches last season, as he was affected by injuries. But now the ‘Tower’ of old is back and the Amakhosi faithful are delighted.
Lebogang Manyama (midfielder)
Manyama’s numbers make for some good reading. He has 4 goals and 7 assists in 19 appearances in all competitions. He’s won the Man of the Match award on at least three occasions this season. With Chiefs scoring most of their goals from set pieces, Manyama has been in this area, because of his deadly final ball.
Samir Nurkovic (forward)
What you get from Nurkovic is an unbelievable workrate, which is accompanied by goals. Now on double figures (10 goals), the Serbian has proven to be a great buy for Chiefs. Even if he doesn’t have a good game, you’d still appreciate his commitment to the cause.
Leonardo Castro (forward)
Similar to Nurkovic is Castro, who fights for every ball coming his way, which is augurs well for Chiefs’s attack. Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has explained the Colombian was not really “inside” the team last season and was linked with an exit, but a change in attitude has seen the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker regain his form, much to Middendorp’s delight.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa