Junior Khanye is predicting a tough opening match of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season for both Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Following Chiefs’ disappointment after Sundowns pipped the Amakhosi to the league title last season, the club will aim for an impressive under coach Gavin Hunt.
Despite currently being unable to sign new players to strengthen the team due to the FIFA transfer ban, Chiefs will hope to give things another go in an attempt at silverware this season.
“The match (between) Chiefs and Sundowns is one of the biggest and it’s one of the games that don’t usually take place immediately at the start of the season. It’s surprising that it’s happening now but it’s how it is. It’s good because both teams have already played in the MTN8 and are ready for the season, although I was very disappointed in how the three Sundowns coaches approached the cup game (against Bloemfontein Celtic).
“What were the coaches trying to prove there with all the changes they made because there wasn’t anything to fix in that team. Sundowns won trophies with the squad they had and it’s hard to understand what the changes were for. I think Rulani Mokwena, Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Komphela want to avoid doing the same things that the previous coach (Pitso Mosimane) was doing but the problem with that is that they risk making errors. You don’t fix it if it’s not broken and I am very disappointed. I have huge respect for all three coaches but I feel that they should have been calm and avoid making a lot of changes or trying to prove a point,” said Khanye.
However, the former youth international believes that with the quality in Chloorkop the Brazilians could upset Amakhosi.
“It’s going to be difficult for Sundowns to score against Itumeleng Khune as he is one of the best goalkeepers ever in Mzansi and he has proved that again last weekend in the cup match. But because Sundowns have too much quality in their team they could score. I give credit to Chiefs for their win last weekend but if they are going to continue relying on set-pieces to score like they were doing under Ernst Middendorp it’s going to be a problem. There is no fluidity in how Chiefs play and they rely too much on energy and for me that’s disappointing. The game against Sundowns will be a real test for them and I think it’s going to be a tough game but Sundowns will win,” he added.
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