Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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30 Oct 2015
1:40 pm

Players who could win it for Chiefs

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

The countdown to the country's biggest sporting event starts now. The Soweto derby is upon us and the spotlight will be on the players that could make sure that the final results wing Kaizer Chiefs’ way.

Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs. Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Camaldine Abraw

Abraw is fast becoming Chiefs’ main striker under the leadership of coach Steve Komphela. The pairing of Manqele and the Togolese is a winning combination as Amakhosi have struggled to get goals from their front men in recent seasons.

Abraw has scored two goals in two matches ahead of Saturday’s clash against Orlando Pirates.

 Lucky Baloyi

Baloyi was in the starting XI for Chiefs replacing midfield workhorse Willard Katsande as the hard tackler was suspended. It seems Sheriff (as Baloyi is knowns in footballing circles) has impressed Komphela getting the nod in the midweek game against Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Baloyi was the unsung hero in both matches linking the midfielders and the front men, at times dropping to play in front of the defenders every time Chiefs lost the ball.

 Edward Manqele

Manqele already spoke of his desire to play against Pirates over the weekend, the Randfontein-born player has already earned himself a spot in Komphela’s starting line-up.

He got the monkey of his back when he scored his first goal for the Gold and Black against Ajax Cape Town. He has become an industrious player ever since troubling defenders and taking the pressure of his team-mates.

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Ever since he was appointed captian, Tshabalala has led by example commanding the team and wrote the manual on how each player should contribute to the team on match day.

Tshabalala has produced moments of brilliance at times when scoring opportunities were hard to come by, from set-piece situations to penetrating the tightest of defences in the country. Shabba is a player who Amakhosi can rely on should all else fail.