Itumeleng Khune’s injury has left a void of talent and leadership in the Amakhosi side and it will be fascinating to see who is chosen by Stuart Baxter, as Chiefs look for a first trophy of the season.
Starting in goal, to my mind Baxter will pick Brilliant Khuzwayo against Pirates, just as he did in the 2-1 victory on Saturday over the University of Pretoria. The Chiefs coach this week emphasised the fact that Khuzwayo made only one mistake against Tuks, the concession of a penalty in the first half. Would Baxter really damage his goalkeeper’s confidence by then dropping him for the Soweto derby?
Reyaad Pieterse, as Baxter also mentioned, did a good job for Amakhosi last season, when Khune was injured. But I just can’t see the Chiefs coach leaving out Khuzwayo. I am sure that Khuzwayo would relish the chance to play against the Buccaneers in his hometown of Durban.
As for the captaincy, Siphiwe Tshabalala wore the armband against Tuks, but this is more likely to change as I believe it is unlikely that ‘Shabba’ will start the game against Pirates.
Tshabalala is one of Chiefs most experienced and talented players but he has yet to hit his straps as he is only just back from injury. As such, I would give the armband to Reneilwe Letsholonyane, a man in prime form in the new campaign.
‘Yeye’ has netted an amazing six times from midfield already this season, and I believe he giving him the captaincy would only boost a man who is already leading by example this campaign.
Letsholonyane, at 32 years old, certainly has the experience to not be fazed by the big occasion, and to drive Chiefs forward form a heated midfield battle with the likes of Oupa Manyisa.
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