How Chiefs could line-up
Posted: 5 January 2018 Time: 17:01
Kaizer Chiefs have done their business early in the transfer window, giving coach Steve Komphela more attacking options going into the second half of the season.
KickOff.com looks at how Amakhosi could line up with the new men who have joined the Soweto giants, as they look to win their first league title under the guidance of Komphela.
Itumeleng Khune will keep his place in goal and will be key for the side in the last five months of the season. Komphela has been playing with three central defenders and the two wingbacks, but he could be forced to change things because of his new arrivals. Komphela may be forced to go back to having a straight back four, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele at right-back, Siyabonga Ngezana and Daniel Cardoso in central defence and Philani Zulu at left-back.
Zimbabwean hardman Willard Katsande should keep his place as the anchorman in front of the back four, with George Maluleka partnering him in central midfield. The number 10 role could be given to new man Siphelele Ntshangase, who has an eye for a defence-splitting pass. Kabelo Mahlasela will compete with Joseph Molangoane and Bongolethu Jayiya for a place at right wing and is likely to win that battle. On the left side of midfield, Komphela could go with the trusted Siphiwe Tshabalala. Molangoane can also play on the left side of midfield, meaning he usually cuts into play to get the ball onto his stronger right foot.
Once he is back in the country and fit to play, Komphela is likely to have Colombian striker Leonardo Castro as his main man upfront. He has the option of playing Castro with close friend Gustavo Paez if ever he wants two men upfront.
Possible line-up: Khune; Mphahlele, Ngezana, Cardoso, Zulu; Mahlasela, Katsande, Maluleka, Ntshangase, Tshabalala; Castro