Kaizer Chiefs begin preseason. Image: Kaizer Chiefs X

Kaizer Chiefs begin preseason. Image: Kaizer Chiefs X

Kaizer Chiefs set for TRIPLE boost ahead of SuperSport United game? 

Kaizer Chiefs could be set for some rare but welcome good news as their game against SuperSport United looms large.

Kaizer Chiefs begin preseason. Image: Kaizer Chiefs X

Kaizer Chiefs begin preseason. Image: Kaizer Chiefs X

Kaizer Chiefs may be set for a triple a boost when they take on SuperSport United on Saturday evening. 

Last time out, Chiefs had an afternoon to forget in Durban, succumbing to a 1-0 loss to Richards Bay FC.

Chiefs have  failed to find the back of the net in their last three games with nothing going for them.  It looked like that wouldn’t be the case against Richards Bay, however, as Chiefs started brightly. They had two big chances through attackers Mduduzi Shabalala and Christian Saile. On both occasions, however, they both found the keeper instead of the net, with their curling efforts. When it mattered the most, it would be the hosts who scored the decisive goal through Simphiwe Mcineka.

For Richards Bay, it was a crucial three points, as they continue their struggle to stay in the topflight. For Chiefs, it was a very damage run which saw a team which was challenging for a CAF spot, now outside of the top eight positions in the league. Speaking to the KZN media after the game, Amakhosi interim coach Cavin Johnson could not hide his frustration.

That loss to Richards Bay means that Chiefs are yet to secure mathematical safety from relegation. They still need just one more point to secure their topflight status, however. Even that is a crazy statement to make, for a team that was eyeing CAF Champions League football at the turn of the year. Getting one point might seem like an easy task, but having failed to win in their last three, there can be no guarantees. 

Chiefs in dire form

The loss also means Chiefs have won just one game in their last 10 matches in all competitions. During that run, they have not been able to score in a total of seven matches. Johnson will be hoping to put that aside in their next game against SuperSport United. To help him do just that, he could have three key players back to select. 

Ngcobo, Maart and Ditlhokwe all back for SuperSport game?

In recent weeks Johnson has been without midfield duo Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and stand in captain Yusuf Maart. Both were pictured in full training and could be available for Chiefs against SuperSport. Another player who could be available to face his former side is Thatayoane Ditlhokwe . The Botswana international has not played for the club in 2024 due to a serious shoulder injury. 

Ditlhokwe did not appear in the pictures, but is believed to have been back in full training now. It was twice suggested that he would return for Chiefs. One against Chippa United and two against Richards Bay FC. Could he as well Maart and Ngcobo make the starting line up?