Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Steve Komphela is hopeful that his defensive crisis will be over on the weekend.
The Soweto giants went into this weekend’s encounters without the services of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Erick Mathoho and Teenage Hadebe, with the trio currently nursing injuries.
In their absence, Tsepo Masilela, who made his return from an injury that kept him out since August last year, was forced to step up for the team, with Siyabonga Ngezana also reintroduced to the squad.
Amakhosi clinched a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars, keeping a clean sheet despite the absence of their key defenders.
“Rama is out, Tower (Erick Mathoho) is out, Teenage (Hadebe) is out injured and also suspended and then (Daniel) Cardoso as well, you could see that the right thigh was wrapped so we needed to be very careful and try (to) push him to the limit,” Komphela said after the game.
“Again you have a Cardoso who is not fully fit and you have a Tsepo (Masilela) who has not been playing and the young (Siyabonga) Ngezana I thought he will gain experience. There were stages where you thought he could have defended more intelligently but it comes with experience. He will learn from his own mistakes.
“We hope to recover those players back as we go into the weekend’s match,” he added.
Chiefs will now be gearing up for their Nedbank Cup semi-final clash against Free State Stars, with Komphela hopeful that the trio will return by the weekend.