As Kaizer Chiefs look to end their trophy drought this season, they will need some of their top players to deliver.
Amakhosi had another disappointing season last term and, to no surprise, did not have awards for the players. But they’ve started the 2019/20 season quite well and will hope that they are not just at the top to later be overtaken by one of their rivals.
Scroll through the images above to see all the Kaizer Chiefs players who need to have a big season this term.
He joined Amakhosi at the start of last season after a disappointing spell in Turkey, but things did not go too well in his first campaign with the Soweto giants. He got involved in a car accident and was affected by injury, so he never really got going.
Now in his second season, Manyama is fully fit and looking determined to inspire Chiefs to glory. He scored two goals in August and provided one assist and could be considered for the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award.
Billiat is another player Chiefs need on top form throughout the season. The first few weeks of the season have been dominated by injury and speculation of a possible move to his former club Mamelodi Sundowns, but he has stayed with the club and he’ll need to ensure that he delivers and lives up to the hype that usually surrounds his name. He did well in his first campaign with Amakhosi, but there’s no doubt the Zimbabwean international can do more for the club, just as well as he did for Sundowns.
He’s struggled with injury in recent years and he’s not quite been the Mathoho of old on the pitch. The Bafana Bafana defender has started the season well, earning himself a call-up to the national team. He’s confidence is high and this will benefit Amakhosi going forward. He has to use his experience to guide the players at the back, because Amakhosi need a leader in that department.
There were a lot of people who questioned his inclusion in the Bafana Bafana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, while some Amakhosi fans called for him to be dropped last term when the team was struggling. Chiefs conceded 29 goals last season and they’ve conceded four in as many matches this term, so there’s a need for improvement. Cardoso, who has bagged one goal this season, knows he has to deliver to help Chiefs concede less. It is said, after all, that strikers win games and defenders will titles.
The right back joined Amakhosi from Bidvest Wits halfway through last season and struggled to get into the team due to his lack of match fitness. This season he seems to be the first choice right back and has . He has played four games for the club so far and could keep his place ahead of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who will return from injury soon.
The Serbian forward has wasted little time in settling, proving to be a menace for opposition defenders with his height and strength when in possession of the ball. Players from abroad have that added pressure of having to deliver, so he has to be on top form throughout the campaign to help Amakhosi end their trophy drought.
The Zambian international has played in every game for the club, but is still waiting for his first goal. You get the feeling that once he breaks his duck, Kambole will bang in the goals week in and out. He is a good finisher and has the potential to be one of Amakhosi's top scorers this season. He comes with a lot of reputation, so he has to deliver this term.