Billiat starts against Stars

Coach Ernst Middendorp made several changes to today’s line-up against Free State Stars compared to Kaizer Chiefs’ previous outing against Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.

Khama Billiat has recovered from his slight injury and is back in the starting XI. Others coming into the team are Kgotso Moleko, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Dax Andrianarimanana and Leonardo Castro.

The Malagasy midfielder will partner captain Willard Katsande in central midfield, while Castro will lead the attack supported by Billiat and Bernard Parker.

It’s good to see that Erick Mathoho and Lebogang Manyama are both back in the matchday squad after having been out due to injury. They will both start on the bench, however.

The Absa Premiership fixture between Chiefs and Stars will be played at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium and will kick off at 15:00.

The referee is Tshidiso Maruping, assisted by Sandile Dilikane and Thabang Mathlong.

Kaizer Chiefs’ line-up: Bvuma (44); Mphahlele (2), Moleko (18), Cardoso (4), Ntiya-Ntiya (36); Mahlasela (17), Katsande, captain (31), Andrianarimanana (6), Billiat (11); Parker (25), Castro (8)

Subs: Akpeyi (40), Mathoho (3), Maluleka (12), Frosler (39), Manyama (21), Hadebe (20), Zuma (28)

Head coach: Ernst Middendorp


Free State Stars’ line-up: Sangare (23); Mobbie (2), Mathumo (29), Mbhele (20), Phungwayo (21); Makhaula (4), Masehe, captain (5), Mokhuoane (15); Hlubi (7), Tchilimbou (27), Jappie (19)

Subs: Mbambo (30), Rodgers (9), Mahamutsa (28), Katsvairo (40), Kizza (34), Dlamini (26), Khabane (33)

Head coach: Nikola Kavazovic


Referee:                                   Tshidiso Maruping

1st Assistant:                          Sandile Dilikane

2nd Assistant:                        Thabang Mathlong

4th Official:                              Kulasande Qongqo

Match commissioner:       Jorge Lobo