Chiefs look to ce­ment top spot

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KAIZER Chiefs will be eye­ing noth­ing but an Absa Premier­ship win over Baroka FC when they host them at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban to­day. Kick-off is at 19:30PM. Amakhosi are com­ing off a goal­less away draw with their fierce ri­vals Or­lando Pirates in their pre­vi­ous league game which was played last week Satur­day.

The draw ended the Soweto gi­ants’ four match win­ning run in the league. Since los­ing their first league game of the sea­son they went on to reg­is­ter four wins and two draws.

Chiefs are sit­ting at the top of the Absa Premier­ship stand­ings with 14 points from 7 games. They are only ahead of sec­ond-placed Golden Ar­rows on goal dif­fer­ence.

Ge­orge Maluleka’s re­turn from sus­pen­sion has given Steve Kom­phela’s side a timely boost ahead of tonight’s league en­counter.

Amakhosi coach Kom­phela named Kea­gan Buchanan in his start­ing line-up against Pirates and the mid­fielder is now look­ing for­ward to fac­ing Baroka.

“Play­ing Baroka in Dur­ban is an­other mas­sive match to look for­ward to. We will not un­der­es­ti­mate them,” Buchanan said.

“We also can’t take them for granted. Judg­ing by their form you see that they de­serve to be in the big league.

“We’re go­ing there to ful­fil our man­date. We’re pre­par­ing to win the match and play good foot­ball on Wed­nes­day. (to­day)”

Mean­while, Baroka will be keen to ex­tend their un­beaten run in the league when they lock horns with an in-form Chiefs side in Dur­ban.

Bak­gaga are com­ing off a 2-2 home stale­mate with Polok­wane City in their pre­vi­ous league en­counter which was played last week Satur­day.

Mar­shall Munetsi opened the scor­ing for Bak­gaga a few min­utes into the first-half, while Tshep­iso Li­et­sisa snatched a late equaliser for the home side.

This was the Lim­popo side’s sec­ond league draw of the sea­son. They have also recorded three de­feats and two wins in the league, but they are un­de­feated in their last three com­pet­i­tive matches.

Baroka are placed eighth on the Absa Premier­ship stand­ings with eight points from seven games. They are only a point be­hind eighth-placed Chippa United.

Bak­gaga head coach Kgokolo Thobe­jane is most likely to look to in-form Mar­shall Munetsi to­day. The mid­fielder has net­ted three goals in his last three

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