Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed several players returned to first-team training this week after completing their quarantine period ahead of their clash against Royal AM.
Chiefs face John Maduka’s side for the first time since their 4-1 thrashing earlier this season which proved to be their last defeat in 10 games.
But they failed to honour two fixtures – with results subject to a decision from the Premier Soccer League – due to a Covid-19 outbreak at Naturena Village.
They missed the scheduled fixtures against Cape Town City (H) and Golden Arrows (A) before returning with a 2-0 win over Sekhkhune United at FNB Stadium last week.
“Since the outbreak, as everybody knows, we had challenges. A lot of players were not available. This week we had at least 90% of the guys, if not 95%, available,” assistant coach Arthur Zwane told the club’s website.
“Others we are still trying to manage. They still need seven days or so to be ready to compete. So far so good. Those who are available to represent the team are looking forward to the game (against Royal AM) and they look much better than they have over the last two weeks.
“We’re hoping that we will be able to come up with the desired result, regardless of the situation. Many players are still not 100 percent for various reasons, but it’s good to see the boys back and eager to showcase their God-given talents, with the hope that we will get everything right.
“Those that are not available this week, should be available against Maritzburg. Going forward, at least we have a very long break that will allow us to have everyone back when we start the second round of the league.”
Amakhosi will be aiming to move back to second place when they face Royal AM at Chatsworth Stadium today (15h30).