After taking their last home game outside Soweto, the high-flying Kaizer Chiefs return to FNB Stadium where they will be hosting strugglers, Baroka on Saturday.
The Glamour Boys were victorious in cup action over the weekend in Mbombela, where they beat Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals to book a spot in the last four.
They will be looking to build some winning momentum, but might have to do so without the service of a key player in Khama Billiat, who picked up a knock in Sunday’s game and is a doubtful started for the upcoming fixture.
“It concerns the calf area,” team physiotherapist, Dave Milner revealed more on the injury on Thursday.
“The pain is subsiding, but we are watching him closely. He will undergo a late fitness test on Friday.”
Dave Milner, Kaizer Chiefs physiotherapist
Another player being monitored ahead of the clash is Billiat’s former Mamelodi Sundowns teammate Leonardo Castro who, according to Milner, picked up a similar injury.
While Amakhosi sweat on the fitness of the two forwards, their opponents could be handed a boost in the midfield, with a potential debut for former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo, who returns to competitive action after serving out a two-year ban for a positive drug test.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda told KickOff he was considering the player a run against a familiar foe.
“We are still assessing the team and Thandani is one of the options for this game,” the former Chiefs striker said.
Wedson Nyirenda, Baroka FC coach
Kaizer Chiefs sit seventh on the log, while Baroka are further down in 15th place.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Baroka: Head to head
Baroka 1-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Baroka 1-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 Baroka
Baroka 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Baroka
Kick off and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 6 April
Time: 18:00 (SAST)
Venue: FNB Stadium, Soweto
TV and live stream: Supersport 4