Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
2 minute read
12 Oct 2015
1:49 pm

Chiefs’ fringe players who deserve to start

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Kaizer Chiefs chose to leave out their regular starters for Sunday’s Macufe Cup clash against Bloemfontein Celtic.

George Maluleka of Kaizer Chiefs. ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Match day coach, Doctor Khumalo named a squad of experienced players coming back from injuries and mixed them with fringe players. Although they pose a threat to Celtic and had promising build ups moving forward, they eventually lost 1-0 to Siwelele.

Certain players, however did well on the day and raised their hands for a starting berth in the Chiefs line-up.

These players are:

George Maluleka

Maluleka made a fine start to life at Kaizer Chiefs last season, but ran out of steam towards the end of the season. This dip inform has seen him start from the bench this season. He scored a cheeky goal off the bench against Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout Cup. Maluleka was in scintillating form for Amakhosi in the Macufe Cup. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes and registering a few strikes on target in an attempt to level matters at the Free State Stadium.

Maluleka could slot in perfectly into Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s position, who is sometimes a liability for Chiefs. He was involved in eight out of ten build ups created by Chiefs and he was just as involved in winning back the ball when the team lost it. He had a free role and made the most of the opportunity given to him by “coach” Khumalo.

Keegan Ritchie

Ritchie has grown as a player since his first stint with Chiefs a few seasons ago. He is more comfortable on the ball and he is confident to take players on and move forward to contribute to Amakhosi’s attack. Micasa, as he is known in the Naturena dressing room, displayed silk skills to get past Celtic opponents, this is typical of teammates Tsepo Masilela and George Lebese.

Ritchie has added an element of trickery to his style. Getting into tackles is something Ritchie wasn’t known for, but of late he has shown signs of a great left back. Racing down the flank and an excellent cover for Masilela.

Sula Matovu

Matovu has warmed the Amakhosi bench since his arrival in the winter transfer window. Matovu’s work rate on the wing was exceptional, constantly making himself an available for Ritchie to lay off the ball. His sprints into Celtic’s half was sometimes undone by a poor cross in the box to pick out a team mate. The Ugandan winger left Celtic defenders for dead on a few occasions to create a scoring opportunity for teammates.

Matovu could be for Chiefs what Eden Hazard was for Chelsea last season, a player who puts defenders under pressure, forcing penalties and eliminating the back four allowing Chiefs’ strike for a chance to score.

Do you agree? Does these three players deserve to start for Chiefs?