With Kaizer Chiefs heading over to Botswana this weekend to face Township Rollers, there will be several obstacles Stuart Baxter and company will have to overcome. Today, I take a look at which hurdles they will face.
The Dry And Humid Air
Much has been made about the PSL being played in the heat of summer, but the advantage of a Gauteng summer is that it tends to rain a lot. In stark contrast, Gaborone is very humid and hot, and receives little rain. The dry and heavy air could very well slow down the pace of the Amakhosi.
The Hard Terrain
Township Rollers are used to playing on dry and grassless gravel, while Chiefs are used to the soft terrain of Naturena. The grounds in Botswana are by no means easy to play on, and the impact could very well be hard on the joints of the players.
Rollers’ Away Goal
Chiefs may carry the advantage going into the game, but Rollers do have a crucial away goal. All they need is one goal to see them progress into the next round and eliminate Chiefs. Caution must be exercised.
No doubt about it, the atmosphere will be a brutal one to come up against. While the fans may love Chiefs as a South African entity, it will certainly be a different story when Chiefs come up against the Botswana locals.
Rotation Policy Of Baxter
When Chiefs let the title slip from their hands last season, much was made of how Stuart Baxter failed to rotate his squad adequately. This could very well impact the team in this fixture too as Chiefs have a match against Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates in the coming week. One eye will certainly be on the taxing week ahead.
Khosi fans, what do you think Baxter and company will need to keep an eye on?