MTN8: Kaizer Chiefs XI that should start against City

It’s still a while away, but we’ve put our heads together and predicted a Kaizer Chiefs starting XI vs Cape Town City in the MTN8. Football withdrawal symptoms have become very real.

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Projected Kaizer Chiefs XI vs Cape Town City in MTN8

STARTING XI: Petersen; Frosler, Msimango, Ditlhokwe, Dove; Maart, Zwane; Ngcobo, Mdantsane, Mmodi; Chivaviro

SUBS: Khune, Solomons, Kwinika, Hlanti, Castillo, Saile, Sithebe, Potsane, Shabalala

New man Edson Castillo will no doubt need a bit of time to acclimatize to South African football and deal with the culture shock of moving across from a place as far-flung as Venezuela. Mdu Mdantsane, on the other hand, is ready-made for the local game. The technically gifted left-footer can slot into a variety of formations and should be able to interchange seamlessly with Ngcobo in that trio behind the prolific Ranga Chivaviro. An MTN8 clash in the Mother City should be a good acid-test for this new-look side.

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Ntseki will be expected to hit the ground running. Image: Backpagepix

Strength in depth, Mshini is back

When everyone is fit, believe it or not, Kaizer Chiefs boast some serious depth in almost all departments. As a result, they’ll have a number of attractive options to use off the bench. Also, the fit-again Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is virtually like a new signing. Mshini can roam across the attacking midfield trio despite specialising as a hard-working number 10 and gives Ntseki a degree of flexibility and tactical freedom.

Amakhosi faithful will be delighted to see him back in his black & gold number 12 jersey. His 2022-23 campaign, you won’t need reminding, was ravaged by injuries. He’ll insist on tallying up more than the 13 DStv Prem appearances he managed last term. When fit, this guy is a key operator.

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Nkosingiphile Ngcobo during a DStv Premiership 2022/23 match against Maritzburg United, at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg on the 9 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

How will Molefi Ntseki fare in his first competitive match at the helm of the mighty Kaizer Chiefs? Silly season continues to drag on for an eternity but we’ll be here when the real business of football returns.

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