Defending champions Kaizer Chiefs welcome a struggling University of Pretoria side to the FNB Stadium for an Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday evening.
Kick-off is at 7:30pm.
The Amakhosi are unbeaten in the league having thumped SuperSport United 4-1 last time out, but things haven’t gone all their way with Steve Komphela’s troops suffering a 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 final over the past weekend.
Chiefs fullback Siboniso Gaxa has highlighted the importance of every game for the Soweto club and admits the midweek fixture against AmaTuks presents his side with the opportunity to redeem themselves.
“We want to do well in each and every game we play, be it cup or league – each game Kaizer Chiefs play we want to do well,” said Gaxa.
“It is unfortunate we lost in the final, we are disappointed – the whole Kaizer Chiefs family is disappointed, but we are looking forward to the next match and we have an opportunity to bounce back [in midweek].”
AmaTuks sit second from bottom heading into the fifth round of fixtures having suffered three defeats in four games including an embarrassing 4-0 loss at Chippa United.
Head coach Sammy Troughton has tried to make light of the upcoming fixture against Chiefs, but knows it will be a difficult game as his side aim to rise out of the relegation zone.
“It is not the start we wanted, but we have to re-group and look at going forward against Kaizer Chiefs which is an ‘easy’ one at least [laughs] – the way they played against SuperSport. This game doesn’t give you anything for nothing, it’s about working hard and learning from your mistakes,” Troughton said.
“The performance needs to work hand-in-hand with the result. You can’t just say we are doing well and then the results aren’t forthcoming. At some stage you just need results no matter how you play.”
In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Tuks have met in six league matches since the 2012/13 season.
The Amakhosi have four wins compared to one for AmaTuks, while one match has been drawn.
Chiefs are unbeaten at home to the University side, with two wins and a draw from three matches.
Last season the Amakhosi did a league ‘double’ over AmaTuks, winning 2-1 at home and 1-0 away.