Chiefs players to watch in Derby


A three-goal deficit stares Gavin Hunt’s men in the face ahead of the MTN8 second leg clash against rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Sunday (kickoff at 15:00).

Without a doubt, it will be an uphill climb for Kaizer Chiefs as they look to achieve the impossible by overturning a three-goal deficit this afternoon.

Three players who could potentially play a commanding role in helping Chiefs reach the final. 

Daniel Akpeyi

Akpeyi has reclaimed his regular starting spot as Chiefs and Hunt’s number one goalkeeper ahead of Itumeleng Khune.

With Hunt stressing the importance of not conceding, Akpeyi will be the man trusted to keep a clean sheet in order to give Chiefs a chance to stage a dramatic comeback.

The Nigeran might have conceded three goals the last time he faced Pirates, but he wasn’t at fault as his backline let him down.

Last season, Akpeyi produced a stunning display in the derby against Pirates to earn the points for his team, highlighting the importance of a brilliant keeper.

Khama Billiat

In the first leg, Billiat gave the Pirates defence a few problems even though he didn’t score a goal. He will no doubt be one of the key men Amakhosi will pin its hopes on as they look to overturn a three-goal deficit.

The Zimbabwean talisman has been a far cry from the player that set the league alight a few seasons ago at Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town.

Chiefs are struggling to find the back of the net this season so far and with Billiat at his best, the club’s fortunes are likely to take a turn for the better. All eyes will again be on him to see if he can do enough in the game and this season and help the Soweto giants end their long trophy drought.

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo

Ngcobo has been touted as the next big star in the Amakhosi squad having been used sparingly by former coach Ernst Middendorp over the past two years. However, under Gavin Hunt, the bright talent has played in all Amakhosi’s matches in the 2020/21 season so far, putting in some impressive displays in the middle of the mark.

Hunt is an admirer of the U23 international and at 20, Ngcobo still has a lot to offer Chiefs and he could be the club’s star player in the derby and the next few seasons.

The youngster showed his versatility playing in left midfield when Chiefs won their first DStv Premiership match of the season 1-0 against Chippa United and was named Man of the Match.

He will be looking to produce a similar performance against Pirates this afternoon.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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