Amakhosi are under immense pressure to claim a victory this afternoon when they face Golden Arrows in a DStv Premiership match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont (Kick-off is at 15:30).
Gavin Hunt’s troops are struggling as they have only managed to register a single win in their three league matches thus far, a hard-fought 1-0 triumph away to Chippa United thanks to an own goal.
The Glamour Boys are 11th on the log standings with four points.
FARPost have identified three Chiefs players who are likely to play an important role on Saturday.
Well, this is probably a surprise pick but the veteran forward remains a key player in the Amakhosi front unit having featured in all the club’s six matches (366 minutes) so far this season – an indication that new coach Hunt admires the former Bafana Bafana striker.
Despite noticeably slowing down as he progresses into his mid-30s, Parker’s work rate is unbelievable as he has put in some decent performances so far. It is due to his hard work and versatility that sees the coaches who come and go at Amakhosi continue to admire and pick him.
Under the previous coach Ernst Middendorp, Parker played all sorts of awkward positions, mainly as a deep-lying midfielder. And so far this season the 34-year-old has been used in a more advanced position and excelled.
He might not be a fans favourite but his intelligence as a footballer is not in doubt and Hunt will be looking at Parker to use his experience to help Amakhosi get a positive result today.
Manyama hasn’t been at his best lately but he remains one of the most important players in the current Chiefs squad. It will be a confidence booster for Manyama that he played in both Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against São Tomé and Principe with the national winning both encounters.
The attacking midfielder is capable of creating goalscoring opportunities for his teammates and he also scores. An influential figure in the team.
Fully fit again, Manyama is one good performance away from rediscovering the 2019/20 campaign form which saw him get nominated for two awards, the Midfielder of the season and the Players’ Player of the Season.
His set-piece delivery and ability to pick out a pass will be a lethal weapon as Chiefs look to unlock the Arrows backline.
The presence of the reliable Cardoso in the Amakhosi defence has been vital so far this season and his experience coupled with his leadership skills has often made the club’s defence solid.
Cardoso will be tasked with helping the Soweto giants form a solid defensive foundation on which to build with Hunt keen on keeping a clean sheet.
The centre back is Hunt’s favourite and has been a rock at the back while also proving a threat in the opposition box and in a game which could be decided by tight margins the defender will prove vital in both boxes.
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By FARPost Reporter
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