Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will lock horns today in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup competition, with the two sides coming in to the encounter having made several adjustments to their squad.
Sundowns will be without the services of both Percy Tau and Khama Billiat, with the duo having since moved on from the Chloorkop-based club and Sundowns yet to adjust to life without having the duo in their attacking options.
However, Billiat will meet with his old side today, now relinking with his once Sundwons teammate, Leonardo Castro, with the duo once having formed part of a threatening trio (CBD) during their time at Masandawana.
Billiat and Castro could look to rekindle their attacking link-up play as they look to give Sundowns a run for their money.
Although, the Sundowns defence will be aware of Billiat and Castro’s attacking intent and based off their knowledge of the duo, might have something up their sleeves to stop the two attackers today, should they feature for Chiefs today.
However, Chiefs are yet to see how they will fair under the mentorship of new head coach, Giovanni Solinas and what type of attacking options the Italian will look to utilise in his line-ups.
On the other hand, now will be the opportunity for Head Coach Pitso Mosimane to experiment with new signings such as Jose Ali Meza, Toni Silva and Lyle Lakay although it is yet to be seen whether they will be included in the match day squad today.
In addition, Rivaldo Coetzee has made a return from rehab on his injury, with the defender having trained with Sundowns for today’s encounter and it remains to be seen whether Mosimane will give the player a run today.
To read more on Saturday’s Shell Helix encounter, check out this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 1082.