Of­fers his preview of the new team

Amakhosi have a few gaps to plug af­ter the de­par­ture of some play­ers. Ti­mothy Molobi

CityPress - - Sport -

Chiefs will not only have a new coach in Steve Kom­phela and a new cap­tain, but the team will also have a newlook de­fence and strike force. Kom­phela will be look­ing to se­cure an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son – con­sid­er­ing pre­vi­ous coach Stu­art Bax­ter’s lin­ger­ing legacy. Kom­phela gained some first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with the play­ers when they re­turned for pre­sea­son train­ing last week.


The goal­keep­ing depart­ment seems to be sorted, with Bril­liant Khuzwayo and Reyaad Pieterse hav­ing al­ready done the job in the ab­sence of the then in­jured Itume­leng Khune last sea­son.


While Eric Mathoho is cer­tain to re­tain his po­si­tion in the heart of de­fence, the de­par­ture of for­mer cap­tain Tefu Mashamaite has opened the door for one of the new ar­rivals, Daniel Car­doso and Siyanda Xulu.

Although they will prob­a­bly have to fight for their po­si­tions, Amakhosi cer­tainly didn’t se­cure the two to warm the bench.

The in­jury-prone Mor­gan Gould, who fin­ished the sea­son on the side­lines as a re­sult of an Achilles ten­don in­jury, will also have to fight to re­gain and se­cure his po­si­tion in cen­tral de­fence.

Gould strug­gled to el­bow out Mathoho and Mashamaite in the start­ing line-up and was only used spar­ingly by Bax­ter.

The ar­rival of Car­doso and Xulu could also spell trou­ble for the in­con­sis­tent Si­bon­iso Gaxa in the right-full­back po­si­tion.

The 31-year-old for­mer Bafana de­fender played in all the league matches last sea­son, but Gaxa could find him­self on the side­lines, as both Xulu and Car­doso could also play in the right-back po­si­tion.

Last week, it emerged that Xulu took over Gaxa’s num­ber 5 jersey – lead­ing to strong spec­u­la­tion that it might not be the only thing he takes from the for­mer Mamelodi Sun­downs and Su­perS­port United de­fender.

But the ar­rival of two de­fend­ers also spells trou­ble for Kgotso Moleko and young Lorenzo Gordinho, who has had lim­ited game time in the past two sea­sons.

Kee­gan Ritchie, who re­turns to the club af­ter leav­ing it just two sea­sons ago, is not ex­pected to give Tsepo Masilela trou­ble for a berth in the left-back po­si­tion.

Masilela’s ex­pe­ri­ence is un­par­al­leled and he is likely to miss games only if he has an in­jury, re­ceives a sus­pen­sion or if Kom­phela de­cides to rest the for­mer Bafana de­fender.

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