Ever-present Chiefs star ruled out for Stellies return

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Zitha Kwinika of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg on the 9 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Zitha Kwinika of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg on the 9 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs will be without the services of ever-present defender Zitha Kwinika when they do battle against his former side Stellenbosch FC this weekend.

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are set to travel to the Western Cape on Sunday where they will meet Stellenbosch FC in DStv Premiership action at the Cape Town Stadium.

The weekend's fixture is the second meeting between the two side's this season following Chiefs' penalty shootout win over Stellies in the MTN 8 quarter-finals last month but Arthur Zwane's side will be without a key figure for the encounter.

Centre-back Zitha Kwinika, who was signed from the Winelands-based outfit at the start of the campaign, has been ruled out after picking up a suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

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"Chiefs will go in to the match minus regular starter and former Stellenbosch FC defender, Zitha Kwinika," the club confirmed on Thursday.

"The Amakhosi’s centre-back received his fourth caution on Wednesday night (against Swallows FC) and has to sit this game out through suspension, after featuring in all Chiefs' matches so far this season."

Kwinika's absence comes as a blow for Chiefs who have relied heavily on his presence in defence, with the 28-year-old having featured in every minute of action for the club across all competitions this season. 

Zwane could also be without the services of Khama Billiat, Happy Mashiane, Eric Mathoho and Phathutshedzo Nange who all missed the mid-week match against Swallows through injury.

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