Coach Ernest Middendorp has made two changes to the starting line-up that will take on Black Leopards this afternoon in Thohoyandou. George Maluleka received his fourth yellow card in last Sunday’s 3-0 win against Cape Town City – meaning that he is suspended for the match and midfielder Kearyn Baccus will start from the bench. The two players will be replaced in the Starting 11 by Yagan Sasman and Bernard Parker.
Daniel Akpeyi who kept two clean sheets in the last two encounters will once again be between the sticks.
The defence will see a slight change as Sasman will play at left-back – meaning Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya will play in front of him. Kgotso Moleko keeps his place on the right, while ‘home-boy’ Mulomowandau Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso will be at the centre of Chiefs’ defence.
Captain Willard Katsande will hold the midfield with Ntiya-Ntiya on the left and Parker on the right of the midfield.
In attack, Lebogang Manyama will play behind the two strikers, Leornado Castro and Samir Nurković.
Luxolo Badi is this afternoon’s referee. Zakhele Siwela and Mokoena Kgara will be his assistants. The fourth official Kamusi Razwimisani.
Amakhosi and Lidoda Duvha will kick off at Thohoyandou Stadium at 15:30.
Chiefs XI: Akpeyi (40); Moleko (18), Mathoho (3), Cardoso (4), Sasman (20), Ntiya-Ntiya (36); Katsande © (31),. Parker (25), Manyama (21); Castro (8), Nurković (9)
Subs: Khune (32), Mphahlele (2), Ngezana (30), Baccus (6), Kambole (7), Mashiane (19), Zuma (28)
Coach: Ernst Middendorp
Leopards XI: Mendes (1); Mudau (6), Zulu (13), Masia (29), Gyimah (2); Abubakar (5), Bereng (15), Matlaba © (8), Musonda (11); Ngele (20) Ngambi (27),
Subs: Muleka (32), Ndou (3), Andrianarimanana (9), Mokoena (25), Mncwango (19), Kapinga (12), Mhlongo (30)
Coach: Cavin Johnson