Depleted Chiefs head for AmaZulu battle

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The Amakhosi will be traveling for their fourth league game in under a month in Durban on Tuesday, and will be facing AmaZulu at the Absa Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Ertugral is wary of his team falling behind against AmaZulu and has made it clear to his team that the Telkom Cup is now history and that the League for the next three weeks takes priority.

The Chiefs’ coach is looking to guard against complacency and on Monday got his backline into shape for the midweek clash with Usuthu, although he will be without some key personnel for the Wednesday match up.

Coming out of 120 high intensity, tough tackling minutes like Chiefs did at the weekend against Sundowns, has left the Amakhosi counting the costs of their cup final success in terms of personnel lost through injury.

Ertugral is adamant that he will ensure that his team is not physically in Durban, but with their minds still on the podium at the Loftus Stadium in Tshwane.

“It is important that the guys put the Cup Final triumph behind them, but use the win as a source of motivation for the four matches that we have ahead of us in December.

“AmaZulu have demonstrated this season that there is no chance they intend landing up in a relegation battle; they playing a very attacking game and have an astute coach in Clive Barker. Our job will be to go out there and get onto to the score sheet early and not give them a chance to settle into the game.”

Chiefs will not have the services of Thabo Mooki, who was injured late in the Sundowns encounter.

Shaun Bartlett, who collided with the Brazilians’ keeper Brian Baloyi towards the end of the cup final and has severe swelling on his left leg and left training early, will also be missing as he has undergone a scan to asses the damage.

Such was the injury to the Chiefs’ striker that he was unable to be among the penalty takers during Saturday’s shoot out, and watched from the bench as Amakhosi wrapped up the game.

The 33-year old-striker would nevertheless have missed the AmaZulu game as he collected his third booking of the season, for his 113th minute clash with Baloyi.

Tinashe Nengomasha, who went into Saturday’s Cup Final on two yellow cards, will for the second league match in a row not travel to Durban with his teammates.

The Zimbabwean international missed the Amakhosi’s last league outing on November 24 against Pirates, as he did not want to risk picking up a yellow card and instead preferred to play in the Telkom Cup Final but then collected his third yellow for the season in the 86th minute of the game for dissent.

The match was originally scheduled to take place at the Chatsworth Stadium outside Durban at 19h30, has been moved to the Absa Stadium in Durban.

The kick off time remains the same.