Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to bounce back to winning ways as they take on Soweto Rivals Moroka Swallows.
Following the FIFA break, Kaizer Chiefs could have three surprises up their sleeve when they resume with another Soweto derby, this time against Moroka Swallows on Sunday.
Interim coach Cavin Johnson followed the trend of new mentors giving players who have not been playing a new lease of life after bringing back in the likes of Mduduzi Shabalala and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo out of obscurity.
One other player that could not get an opportunity is Siyethemba Sithebe due to injury, and he had picked up that injury at training prior to Johnson’s arrival.
With the mileage accumulated by midfielder Edson Castillo, whose last game for Venezuela was in the early hours of Wednesday morning away to Peru in the South American 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Amakhosi could require fresh legs in midfield.
Midfielder Sibongiseni Mthethwa also had his travels with Bafana Bafana, who were in action on Tuesday in Rwanda and that could be perfect timing for Sithebe to get minutes for the first time since the second game of the season against Mamelodi Sundowns.
In a 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates prior to the FIFA break, the Glamour Boys looked dangerous when they changed their approach in the second stanza utilizing wing play after they introduced Christian Saile and Mduduzi Shabalala.
Winger Sabelo Radebe could be considered as one of the options, to get some minutes, should Johnson’s tactics include utilising wing play.
Radebe has not featured for Chiefs since their 3-0 win over AmaZulu at the end of August.
Amakhosi have not kept a clean-sheet in eight consecutive games in all competitions and their goalkeeping issues have been glaring, with Itumeleng Khune unable to redeem the goalkeeping department following Brandon Petersen being off form.
Chiefs have lost four out of five games with Khune in goal this season and are yet to keep a clean sheet with the veteran goalkeeper between the sticks. If Petersen is still not available, would shot-stopper Bruce Bvuma finally get a chance?