CAPE TOWN – As if Kaizer Chiefs’ recent spate of injuries wasn’t bad enough, Friday the 13th struck fiercely today as yet another fullback in Kgotso Moleko joined the sick bay.
Moleko has taken his opportunities in the absence of long-term injury casualty Ramahlwe Mphahlele, but the Amakhosi announced on Friday that the 28-year-old got hurt in the Macufe Cup last weekend in Bloemfontein.
Moleko sustained a knee ligament injury, which will see him out of action for six to eight weeks, while he will be required to wear a brace.
That is a huge blow ahead of Tuesday’s resumption of the Absa Premiership, with Chiefs taking on Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (7.30pm kickoff).
The defence continue to miss Lorenzo Gordinho, whose broken ribs will keep him out for at least three weeks until he begins his comeback, while Teenage Hadebe (ankle) will start light training in two weeks’ time.
And things aren’t looking much better with Venezuelan striker Gustavo Paez. He picked up an ankle injury against Baroka FC a few weeks ago, and is still sidelined for at least three more weeks in a protective boot before he can begin his road back to fitness.
So, under-pressure coach Steve Komphela will have his hands full trying to field a competitive starting XI against Masandawana, and it won’t get any easier for the former Bafana Bafana captain as Chiefs take on arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby next Saturday at the FNB Stadium.
The Amakhosi have won just two out of seven league games, with three draws and two defeats giving them nine points, placing them sixth on a log topped by surprise packages Baroka on 15 points.