JOHANNESBURG — Kaizer Chiefs striker Kingston Nkhatha is determined to help his side return to winning ways against unbeaten Platinum Stars in the Premiership today.
The champions, who trail leaders SuperSport United by two points, will host Dikwena at FNB Stadium, fresh off a goalless draw at Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday night.
Nkhatha told Chiefs’ official website: “Everything starts at training, and together with our technical team we will work around the clock to make sure we are ready to return to winning ways when we welcome Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium on Saturday (today).”
Reflecting on the sterile stalemate with Phunya Sele Sele, Nkhatha said: “We knew it was always going to be a challenge to come here and win for the third time in a row.
“Things did not go our way this evening and the pitch did not help as the ball was bouncing all over the place.
“We are not dropping our heads yet. We know that we have to go back to the drawing board and work on our shortfalls,” concluded the physical Zimbabwean.
Platinum Stars are sweating over the fitness of Henrico Botes once again as they prepare to take on Kaizer Chiefs.
Botes has missed the last two games through injury and is in a race to be fir for the AmaKhosi match.
In his absence Siphelele Mthembu has been in a rich vein of form up front for Dikwena, netting five goals in his last six matches, which has allowed Stars the time to ease Botes back into the match day squad.
There is a possibility he will not be risked this weekend and rather saved for the MTN8 semifinal, second leg, against BidVest Wits on Tuesday evening.
Stars lead 4-2 from the home leg played late last month, giving them a real chance for a rare final appearance.
Also hoping to be fit for the Chiefs game is former AmaKhosi midfielder Sibusiso Msomi.
He has not played since the 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of August, having featured in all three previous games.
Msomi was in the Chiefs squad for the 2008/09 PSL season, but did not make an appearance before moving on to Stars ahead of the next campaign.