Kaizer Chiefs left-back Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya is making his come back after missing the first game of the season due to a one match suspension that saw him miss the opening fixture of the season. He replaces Lorenzo Gordinho who did a stellar job last weekend against Highlands Park.
After coming on in the second half last week and doing well, George Maluleka will hold the midfield while Willard Katsande and Kearyn Baccus will be on the bench.
Another change in the line-up sees Leonardo Castro starting for Amakhosi after recovering from his minor injury. He will join Samir Nurković in attack.
Last weekend’s man of the match and brace scorer Lebogang Manyama will be behind the strikers. He will be flanked by Bernard Parker and Lazalous Kambole on the wings.
Apart from Ntiya-Ntiya, another change at the back sees Daniel Akpeyi coming on for Bruce Bvuma, who suffered a minor injury during warm up – he will therefore sit on the bench. Reeve Frosler will be at right-back, with Mulomowandau and Daniel Cardoso in central defence.
In the medical room is Khama Billiat, who will once again not be in the squad due to a knee injury.
The medical team also confirmed that Itumeleng Khune has started doing some work at training and is expected back soon.
Assistant coach Shaun Bartlett will also make a welcome return to the bench after missing two of the last official matches.
Bernard Parker will wear the captain’s armband.
This evening’s match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards is the first home game of the season. Kick-off is at 20:15 at the Moses Mabhida stadium.
The referee is Abongile Tom. He will be assisted on the lines by Luvuyo Pupuma and Mervyn van Wyk. Khulekani Thusi is the fourth official.
Chiefs XI: Akpeyi (40); Ntiya-Ntiya (36), Mathoho (3), Cardoso Frosler (39): Maluleka (12), Manyama (21), Parker (25) (capt), Kambole (7); Castro (8), Nurković (9).
Subs: Bvuma (44), Katsande (31), Mphahlele (2), Gordinho (26), Zuma (28), Mashiane (19), Baccus (6)
Coach: Ernst Middendorp
Leopards XI: Mendes (1); Matlaba (8) (capt), Zulu (12), Katjiukua (33), Masia (29); Mokoena (25), Bereng (15), Khutlang (4), Malajila (28); Mudau (6), Hlongwane (17)
Subs: Ndlovu (22), Zulu (21), Phala (14), Kapinga (12), Ndlovu (31), Ndawonde (23), Mhlongo (30)
Coach: Patrick Mabedi (assistant coach)