With a place in the Telkom Knockout final at stake and pressure building, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter has asked his charges to up their game.
Chiefs face a well-oiled Platinum Stars outfit in the TKO semifinal at FNB Stadium on Saturday night (8.15pm). What worries Baxter is that Stars, the recent MTN8 winners, are a free-scoring unit who often give his team a headache while the Glamour side have struggled to keep their defence tight.
They are also coming off a 1-0 league loss to Ajax Cape Town in their last match two weeks ago.
Said Baxter: “We’ll have to be on our toes and give a good account of ourselves, otherwise we’ll be in trouble against Stars. “I’ve been concerned with some moments in our defence even though we’re difficult to break when we don’t switch off.”
The Englishman continued: “I want a solid defence. The key for me is ball possession. We cannot allow them to move the ball around and grow in confidence.”
Chiefs welcome back striker Knowledge “Smiling Assassin” Musona from a long injury lay-off having recovered from a shoulder injury.
However, Baxter is taking precaution on leftback Tsepo Masilela who is still nursing a groin strain and is not expected to feature against Stars.
Baxter said: “Tsepo will probably not make it. But Musona has been back training with us and is available for selection.” Further good news is the return of their international stars – captain Itumeleng Khune, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker – who return from Bafana Bafana camp.