Chiefs proving to be clean sheet machines

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Kaizer Chiefs have proved to be a very difficult team to break down and five clean sheets in their last five Absa Premiership matches support that statement.

Head coach Ernst Middendorp’s game model is based on a strong defensive unit and the club has a joint best defensive record, having conceded only five goals in 10 matches. In the Soweto Derby on Saturday, against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, Middendorp lays out the key factors behind this defensive unit.

Going into Saturday’s game, all eyes will be on  Amakhosi attacker Dumisani Zuma, who has proven to be a hit in recent matches. He scored a brace midweek against Chippa United and this is a player Middendorp knows very well, having been instrumental in handing him his first professional football contract at Bloemfontein Celtic years ago.

There was a time when Chiefs fans wanted Nigerian international goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to be transfer listed but they are now singing a different tune following some good performances.

This has seen Akpeyi returning to the Super Eagles squad for the AFCON qualifiers which gets underway next week.

Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune’s injury and the looming suspension of Akpeyi has forced Chiefs to bring back their former goalkeeper Brylon Petersen into the camp and register him.

The first option was to give a chance to the registered teenager Bontle Molefe but with him busy with matric exams, it was not going to work.

Sensing that they could be left with only Bruce Bvuma, Middendorp says they had no choice but to bring back Petersen. – Report by Velile Mnyandu