Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Sphelele Mthembu of AmaZulu during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 17 February 2021 Â©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.
KAIZER Chiefs will be without several key players, including Erick Mathoho and Itumeleng Khune when they tackle Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday (3pm).
The club have released a list, which could easily pass for a hospital casualty ward, ahead of the crucial away fixture.
Khune is still out with a shoulder injury.
His replacement Daniel Akpeyi was stretched off at half time with concussion in their last match against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
Defender Mathoho needs seven for 10 days to recover from an ankle ligament injury.
To add to Amakhosi’s defensive woes, Mathoho’s defensive partner, Daniel Cardoso, is suspended after he received a yellow card against Celtic.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele is likely to come in central defence while the absence of both Khune and Akpeyi is likely to open a playing opportunity for Bruce Bvuma, who came on at the break against Celtic.
Amakhosi have had a worst league run this season, which could culminate in them missing out on the top-eight. The remaining five games will be crucial for Gavin Hunt, if he still has long-term ambitions with Amakhosi.