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Zwane Rues FIFA Break Ahead Of The Stellenbosch Clash

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane is wary of the danger posed by the young and energetic side of Stellenbosch FC, who they host at FNB Stadium on Saturday, though he was ruing the FIFA break, saying it came wrong time for his side.

Chiefs, for the first time this season, won four games on the bounce in all competitions after defeating Maritzburg United 3-2 before the international break.

That tightened their grip on fourth place in the DStv Premiership as they are tied on 37 points with their Soweto rivals, Orlando Pirates after 23 matches played.

Both the Soweto giants are two points behind second-placed SuperSport United, as the chase for the CAF Champions League spot heats up heading to the final stretch of the season.      

However, in search of their first four league wins of the bounce, Chiefs host a Stellies side that has the spring in their steps since the second half of the season resumed.

Steve Barker’s side are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, winning six, with their run seeing them jump into eighth 0n the DStv Premiership standing with 31 points after 23 matches.

Iqraam Rayners, since he returned to Stellies from SuperSport United in the January transfer window, has been in scintillating form, scoring nine goals in six games for the club, with his fine form being rewarded with the Player of the Month of February and March.     

“We are playing against a team that has been doing very well in Stellenbosch,” cautioned Zwane.

Stellies might have lost their last three matches to Chiefs in all competitions, but the last time they visited FNB Stadium, they went home happy in the first league game of these two sides last season.

Ashley du Preez’s curling strike decided the affair in November 2021, prompting Chiefs to sign him at the end of last term, and Zwane is once again ready for a tough encounter. 

“If I’m not mistaken, they have won five games on the trot [four out of five] and that alone tells you that they are not an easy team to play against,” added Zwane.

“They are coming to us at FNB Stadium looking for maximum points. We got to brace ourselves for war.

“Since we had a week-and-a-half break [due to the FIFA break], that might be a bit of a challenge in breaking the rhythm because we wanted to keep the momentum going.”  

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.