Kaizer Chiefs continue to fly high at the top of the Absa Premiership table, but Ernst Middendorp may be faced with a tough decision ahead of this weekend’s game…
The Glamour Boys face Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon as they look to extend their lead at the top of the log, but Middendorp also needs to be aware of the Nedbank Cup clash with Royal Eagles that follows on February 8.
Chiefs have both Daniel Cardoso – who is yet to miss a single game this season – and Lebogang Manyama – a key assist supplier, sitting on three yellow cards at this point in time, meaning that another booking against Arrows this weekend would see them forced to sit out the clash with Eagles a couple of weeks later.
Amakhosi could go 10 points clear at the top on Saturday due to Mamelodi Sundowns’ game against Petro de Luanda in Angola on the same day, and their German head coach will be itching for them to take the opportunity to take one step closer to the title.
Given Eagles’ place in the GladAfrica Championship, Middendorp may be tempted to give some of his fringe players a runout in the Nedbank as they make sure they keep their eyes on the top prize, though he will be eager to avoid a potential banana skin after missing out on the cup at the final hurdle last time out.