Kaizer Chiefs had a chance to bring back their 10-point lead at the summit of the PSL results log. Chiefs have battled for three points in a league match played on Moses Mabhida Stadium. Before this game, they already enjoyed a healthy seven-point lead at the top of the PSL log. After SuperSport United’s 2-0 win against Highlands Park last Friday, everything was in place.
Now, they were faced with a tough side in Bloemfontein Celtic. Despite all of their financial troubles, they rose above to the eight top teams of the Premier Soccer League. For Celtic, the win would get them closer to SuperSport and Sundowns as well. It would keep them in a good position to finish the year grouped up with the best teams. Chiefs have been without two of their senior players, Itumeleng Khune and Khama Billiat.
It was confirmed by coach Middendorp before the game. The two-star players weren’t injured but the technical team decided to give them some time and space to regain their strength and fitness. They had Erick Mathoho return into the team, after his two-match ban. He earned the red card against Orlando Pirates month before.
Mathoho’s return has left Siyabonga Ngezana on the bench, who was his replacement in their win over Stellenbosch. Nurkovic was expected to be the key for Chiefs along with Goerge Maluleka– Before the game, Bloem Celtic was in a good position as they had no reported injuries or suspensions.
Kaizer Chiefs won the game
Coach Lehlohonolo Seema had a complete squad to choose from ahead of the match. Their top goalscorer, Sera Motebang with four league goals was expected to be their main focus here. However, they seemed more interested in other strikers like Ndumiso Mabena who are yet to score. The captain of Bloemfontein Celtic, Mabena has only found the net two times this season which is a cause for concern for Seema.
Although Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic were both being in the top flight for the last several seasons, when we look at their last 34 matches, some things are obvious. Chiefs were dominating this year across all competitions. They won 17 matches of the last 34 against Celtic, with only three defeats.
Other 14 matches they had, ended with draws. Four of those came in the last six meetings so this could have been a reason to worry ahead of this game. However, Chiefs managed to pull off a 5-3 win over Celtic.