Kaizer Chiefs coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane and his assistant Dillon Sheppard are both at risk of losing their jobs is Nasreddine Nabi signs for Amakhosi. Image: @KaizerChiefs/ Twitter.

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The two biggest clubs in South African football in Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are set to lock horns this weekend at the FNB Stadium.

Kaizer Chiefs coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane and his assistant Dillon Sheppard are both at risk of losing their jobs is Nasreddine Nabi signs for Amakhosi. Image: @KaizerChiefs/ Twitter.

The two biggest clubs in South African football in Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are set to lock horns this weekend at the FNB Stadium. 

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The two Soweto giants will take part in the latest instalment of the Soweto Derby with Pirates and Chiefs arriving in contrasting form.

Pirates playing home

Pirates, who are the designated ‘home’ side despite being on enemy territory, come into this game having won two of their last three games in all competitions. Chiefs on the other side have drawn two and suffered one defeat, a telling one at that, against Chippa United.

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During those three games, Pirates have scored six goals while only conceding one. On the other side, however, Chiefs have managed to score three goals, while also shipping in three. Perhaps the game that will hurt the most for the Amakhosi camp though, would be their 0-0 MTN8 semi-final second leg tie against AmaZulu. 

Chiefs goal shy

Chiefs went into that fixture at Moses Mabhida Stadium, knowing that they had to score in order to increase their chances of returning to the same venue for the final on November the 5th. Arthur Zwane’s charges failed to do just that, and in fact, could not even master a single shot on target all game. 

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A player that has been missing from the Chiefs team for all of those games has centre back Njabulo Ngcobo. The centre back has continued to have an indifferent time at Naturena. He began his second season at the club playing second fiddle to the combination Zitha Kwinika and Siyabonga Ngezana. He eventually found himself in the team, before ultimately relinquishing his place in the line up to Edmilson Dove, with Zwane preferring a left foot-right foot centre back pairing balance. 

Ngcobo having another tough season

Ngcobo has found himself so far from the first team of late, that he has not even been making the Chiefs match day squad. When asked about the player’s absence ahead of the MTN8 game Zwane hinted at the competition within the squad as the reason. He was pictured training rigorously on Wednesday ahead of the Soweto Derby and with Amakhosi continuing to leak silly goals, he may be due a recall to the team on this occasion. 

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It does seem like a long shot as it stands, however, this is because Zwane has been very consistent with his back four of late, consisting of Sifiso Hlanti, Kwinika, Dove and Reeve Frosler.  

Here is a picture of Ngcobo training courtesy of Kaizer Chiefs Twitter: