The Soweto giants resume their duties in the Premier Soccer League with a big game and have some issues with the fitness of key players
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter says they are keeping a close eye on Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.
Concerned about his weight, Dolly gradually established himself in the Chiefs squad and started for the first time in their last game, a 2-1 win over Baroka FC, in which he lasted 84 minutes.
Billiat, on the other hand, comes from national service at Zimbabwe, while playing for the Warriors in the 2022 Fifa World Cup against South Africa and Ethiopia.
The Zimbabwean scored one of the Chiefs’ goals against Baroka and Amakhosi would also hope that Lebogang Manyama would be fully fit on Sunday.
‘We have Lebo [Manyama] back to normal training. We manage Keagan and how much he can play, we manage Khama. He has played for the national team a few times, so I suspect he is now fully with the team, ‘said Baxter. iDiski Times.
Chiefs will undertake the trip to Tshwane without forward Leonardo Castro, who has yet to play this season due to injury and according to the coach is still a long way off.
Defender Siyabonga Ngezana also looks far from returning to full fitness, while midfielder Dumisani Zuma has also been ruled out.
“We have Leo Castro, who’s still in Colombia. He still cannot do any rehabilitation after his surgery. He is currently completely immobilized. “One is far from the road,” Baxter said.
“We have Zuma running. He is in the phase of his rehabilitation. We have Siya [Ngezana], which do exactly the same. He had a very bad condition [injury] and he reached that stage – jogging slash limping. He is therefore not available soon.
“Daniel [Akpeyi] is on his way back from Nigeria but he sustained no injuries. Brandon [Petersen] adjusted a bit, but he practiced this morning [Thursday]. He looked very good, we’ll see how he reacts tomorrow.
“You could still get injured between today and the game, but right now we have it.”
Chiefs and Sundowns have yet to taste the defeat in the league this season, with both teams having a win and a draw so far.