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Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammate Ashley Du Preez during DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 01 April 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

What’s happening with Kaizer Chiefs star Ashley du Preez?

Du Preez is back in the picture but still finding his feet after injury.

Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs

Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammate Ashley Du Preez during DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at Soccer City on 01 April 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs striker Ashley du Preez has had to bide his time after returning from a long-term injury. The Soweto Derby would be a good time to find form.


Du Preez to feature in the Soweto Derby?

Ashley du Preez returned from a long-term injury in December but was eased back into action, making substitute appearances until his first post-injury start against Sekhukhune in a 1-1 draw on 30 December. Since the resumption of league football after Afcon, Du Preez started the goalless draws against Royal AM and Swallows. He was then dropped to the bench for the 1-0 win over Golden Arrows. Needless to say, he’s struggled to match his early-season impact. With just one goal in 13 league appearances, it’s been a frustrating campaign for the 26-year-old former Stellies man. Wandile Duba is fancied to keep his place in the side after his stunning winner against Arrows, but Du Preez is an interesting option to use off the bench to test Pirates’ fullbacks Thabiso Monyane and Innocent Maela.

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Du Preez in fine form. Image: iDiski Times

LATEST SOWETO DERBY NEWS FOR KAIZER CHIEFS FANS

Itumeleng Khune is back for Amakhosi from suspension but is unlikely to start the derby against Orlando Pirates. You can keep up with all the latest developments ahead of the fixture on Saturday, kicking off at 15:30. Pirates were underwhelmed after only managing a 1-1 midweek draw with Cape Town Spurs, while Chiefs finally got on the score sheet through a Wandile Duba wonder-goal against Golden Arrows.

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Kaizer Chiefs fans encapsulating the passion of a Soweto Derby. Image: BackpagePix

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