DJ Naves weighs in on Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns showdown
Posted: 25 January 2018 Time: 15:37
Prominent DJ and staunch Mamelodi Sundowns supporter Lebogang Naves expects an exciting bout with Kaizer Chiefs, and feels Itumeleng Khune will be decisive in the outcome of the match.
The two sides will contest for three potentially crucial points in the Absa Premiership title race at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
With both Chiefs and Sundowns having made some high-profile signings during the current transfer window, anticipation for the clash has grown significantly amongst suppoters as they hope their teams will parade the new faces.
Naves, also known as 'DJ Naves', believes one particular player to watch this weekend will be new Amakhosi midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase, who he previously hoped would move to Chloorkop.
"I'm very excited for this weekend's game. Chiefs have been playing very well, I think the addition of Siphelele Ntshangase is also a quality signing," Naves tells KickOff.com.
"That's one player I actually wish we would have gotten, but, then again, would we have had space to play him? Because he would be competing with Themba Zwane, Mogakolodi Ngele – it would be an overload in that 'free-role' position.
"Nonetheless, I think he's a great buy for Chiefs. I saw him in the game against Polokwane City, and he had amazing touches, along with Dumisane Zuma's pace, that helped them win, I think, 2-1.
"So, we're going to see a completely different Chiefs side. Unfortunately, Komphela is into the last few months of his contract, and the team is gelling a little late, but it's looking good.
"I think it's going to be a very exciting game of football. Hopefully they don't sit back and try to catch us on the counter.
"It would be nice to see the type of games we see between Pirates and Sundowns, where you know the two teams are going to go at each other, and that's what people want to get their
(DJ Naves (right) poses for a picture with Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane. [via @djnaves on Instagram])
The Gagasi FM radio show host argues that former Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro should not be of much concern, while refusing to write off the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune, Willard Katsande and George Maluleka.
"I'm not worried about Castro – he's a quality striker, no doubt that, he's shown it over the years," he adds.
"You know, you can never discount a Siphiwe Tshabalala, you can never discount Itumeleng Khune in goals – I think he'll play a major role in the outcome of the game.
"There's also the guys who do the dirty work, like Willard Katsande and George Maluleka in the middle, who have both been amazing.
"So, I don't think we can focus on one player because, if you say you're worried about Castro, we can say there's Jeremy Brockie and Sibusiso Vilakazi, who scored a world class goal [against Platinum Stars] over the weekend.
"I think it's going to be a tough game, but we can't say we're worried about any one specific player. Our only worry is to win, and that's the most important thing for us."
Kick-off for the clash is set for 20h15.
(Above: DJ Naves regularly engages in banter towards Sundowns' rivals – this posted on 17 October last year. [via @djnaves on Instagram])