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30 Nov 2013
7:00 am

Khune back for in-form Chiefs

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Stuart Baxter described it as his least favourite place to visit. Last season Kaizer Chiefs drew 0-0 against Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli Stadium, and they are at the same venue again this afternoon.

Stuart Baxter
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The Amakhosi coach faces his former student Steve Komphela, whom he worked with during his time as national team coach.

“I must say it’s not one of my favourite places,” Baxter said.

Chiefs travel to QwaQwa following their 4-1 midweek demolition of PSL rookies Polokwane City.

It is expected that they will continue in the same vein when they face Ea Lla Koto today, even without the suspended Morgan Gould.

With goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune back following a hamstring injury against City, Chiefs should be at full strength.

Khune’s replacement Reyaad Pieterse conceded a goal on debut and looked a bit jittery at the FNB Stadium.

Baxter’s analysis of his opponents were that they are a difficult to come up against.

“Yes, especially at home,” he said. “They have a good coach and play better at home than away.”

Baxter is correct as last season Chiefs beat Stars in Johannesburg, but Amakhosi travelled well when they beat Stars 4-2 on penalties in the Telkom Knockout at the same venue for today’s game.

In truth, that win for Chiefs was a scrappy one, as Stars were in control of the proceedings throughout.

Stars are in 12th spot in the Absa Premiership standings after 10 games while Chiefs are third with 18 after the same number of games.

With Mamelodi Sundowns currently riding high at the top, Chiefs, as defending champions, have been vocal about not moving out of the top three so they can mount a challenge to retain their title.

And if they can overcome Stars this afternoon, those aims will surely look possible.

The match starts at 3.30pm.