Kaizer Chiefs suffer triple blow ahead of Soweto Derby clash as Hunt confirms absences of key players

The Glamor Boys will have to find a way to avenge their recent Bucs losses without three key players

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt provided an injury update ahead of Sunday’s Soweto Derby clash against the Orlando Pirates.

The country’s two biggest football clubs will meet at the site of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, the FNB Stadium.

Hunt revealed that Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat would miss the match due to injury, while Itumeleng Khune is also out due to Covid-19 protocols.

“Yeah, Khune isn’t available,” Hunt said at the pre-game conference.

“It still goes through all [Covid-19] return protocols after visibly attending a funeral and so on, so it will not be available. “

Khune missed Amakhosi’s last three competitive matches after the experienced goalkeeper was allowed to witness his sister’s mourning.

Hunt and his technical team reportedly hoped Castro and Billiat would get fit and available for the Soweto Derby, but the two forwards did not recover in time.

While Lebogang Manyama will also miss the titanic encounter due to his suspension after being the Chiefs’ best player in their Caf Champions League game against Petro de Luanda in Angola on Tuesday.

“Castro won’t be back; Khama is obviously still out; Lebo Manyama is suspended. And we have one or two other little issues, which hopefully will come right away on Sunday,” Hunt concluded.

Amakhosi will desperately need a win over the Buccaneers as they are winless in the league in their last six games.

The Glamor Boys had to fight to keep Maritzburg United to a 1-1 draw in their last game in this competition on March 10, with Manyama scoring a late equalizer for the Chiefs.

As a result, Amakhosi is ranked 11th in the league table – six points above the relegation zone.

They will also be keen to avoid a fourth successive defeat to the Pirates in the current campaign, the two teams having met twice in MTN8 and once in PSL.

The Pirates beat the Chiefs 5-0 on aggregate in the MTN8 two-legged semi-final at the end of last year, before beating their Amakhosi 2-1 in a league game at the stadium. Orlando in January 2021.

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