What was evident in this game was that Amakhosi are missing departed striker Kingston Nkhatha. Stuart Baxter’s men were not as potent upfront as they were during Nkhatha’s days in the gold and black Chiefs shirt. Striker Bernard Parker was isolated on the night and looked out of sorts. There was nothing constructive which showed Chiefs intended to wrap the game. Half chances were created but they were not the trademarks ones which Amakhosi are known for. Intricate passing and clever runs are Amakhosi’s strength but on
Wednesday at Free State Stadium, this was not the case. Perhaps, this may be largely to the fact that the combination play of the team was heavily affected by the absence of midfield maestro in George Lebese. Lebese had a brush with the law after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and he missed the team’s game against Phunya Sele Sele as he was attending to his legal obligations.
Lebese, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Mandla Masango have been the club’s trump cards this season and Lebese’s absence was conspicuous as the club’s attack was not as well organised as it has been this season. As it is, Kaizer Chiefs are still on top of the Absa Premiership with a 13 point lead. Hot on their heels are Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns thumped Moroka Swallows 4-1 at home on Tuesday night tThis happened last season.
Sundowns had been far away from the title for the greater part of the season but ended up being crowned champions. Bidvest Wits also started the second round on a high after a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United.
Amakhosi should be concerned.