How Chiefs will juggle Shell, Macufe

Kaizer Chiefs face back-to-back friendlies this weekend when they take on Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic in the space of just 24 hours.

Chiefs are set to compete in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday before heading to Bloemfontein for the Macufe Cup at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.

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This adds to their load of having just come through three games in seven days, during which several players also pulled out with injuries – including goalkeeper and club captain Itumeleng Khune.

But Amakhosi football manager believes this is an opportune time to test the depth of their squad as they look to maintain their momentum of having collected 19 points from their opening eight games of the season, which sees them occupy top spot on the log table.

“We will use this invitation fruitfully as an opportunity to keep the players sharp. This is also an opportunity for some of the players to get a run,” Motaung told his club’s website.

“We have a solid squad to compete in any event. The coach is still working on some combinations for consistency and some players have not had a chance to play.

“It is still early in the season with only eight matches played in the league. This means we are still in the preparation phase for the long journey in the league.

“Most importantly we will use this game as a way to minimise the effects of the FIFA break on the momentum of the team.”

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Furthermore, Motaung feels there is also commercial gain in their ongoing participation in the Mangaung African Cultural Festival, with the club’s loyal followers set to bring a financial injection to the region.

“We are honoured to once again be invited to play in the Macufe Cup. it’s all about bringing the much-needed social cohesion for the people,” added Motaung.

“We need some time off the mainstream football to entertain people in a celebratory atmosphere.

“We are happy to have both teams taking part in Macufe – in particular Chiefs with their support-base will bring the much-needed injection in the economy of the Free State. But we would like the Cup to remain in the City of Roses.”

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