- Kaizer Chiefs have downplayed two injury worries to two of the club’s key players
- Both Siphiwe Tshabalala and Khama Billiat limped off the field in the weekend’s match against Cape Town City, raising concerns over their ability for the crucial opening match of the PSL on Saturday
- The club has since confirmed that neither of the injuries was serious and expected both players to be available for the match against Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaizer Chiefs quickly dispelled concerns over the fitness and availability of two of the club’s key players. Both Siphiwe Tshabalala and Khama Billiat were forced to limp off the field during this weekend’s match against Cape Town City in the Mpumalanga Cup.
The club confirmed that neither of the injuries was serious and according to the club’s communications officer Vina Maphosa, both players are expected to be fit and available for the opening match of the new PSL season against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
Maphosa said the club was busy evaluating both players but the initial signs were encouraging and the injuries appeared to be only minor. Maphosa said the club would provide an update on its plans for the upcoming season along with an update on the injuries during the course of the week.
Briefly.co.za gathered that veteran star and current Kaizer Chiefs captain Tshabalala suffered an injury early on during the match against Cape Town City and could not complete the first half of the match.
Amakhosi fans watched in horror as ‘Shabba’ limped off the field of play. Sport24.com reported that the pain for fans was not quite over yet as high-profile signing Billiat collided with Tarriq Feilies in the second half and had to leave the field of play.
Kaizer Chiefs lost the match and will go into the new season having lost two out of two pre-season games. The club lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in the inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup which took place in Johannesburg on Saturday 21 July.
Kaizer Chiefs will face defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon in the opening match of the new PSL season.
Newly appointed head coach Giovanni Solinas could not have asked for a more difficult or high-profile start to his coaching tenure at the club and Saturday is sure to provide the Italian with a baptism of fire.
The legions of Kaizer Chiefs fans will not accept anything less than winning silverware this season and Solinas is unlikely to be given any form of honeymoon or grace period to allow him to settle into his new position.
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said Solinas was aware of the pressure and the expectation which came with the position when he signed on for the job. Motaung said he had complete confidence in the ability of Solinas to lead the club back to winning ways.
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