In a build-up to the highly anticipated Soweto Derby against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates this Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs is grappling with potential setbacks as Edmilson Dove, Siyethemba Sithebe, and Ashley Du Preez face uncertainties for the crucial fixture.
The trio found themselves sidelined in Chiefs’ recent match against Cape Town Spurs, raising concerns about their availability for the upcoming clash. Amakhosi, having secured a double victory over their rivals in the previous season, aims to maintain their winning streak against Pirates in the league.
Edmilson Dove, recovering from a groin injury, had returned to training with the squad last month, indicating a positive turn of events. Sharing his thoughts on the setback, Dove expressed his resilience, stating, “Obviously, it wasn’t how I wanted the season to start for me. It is difficult as a player not to be on the field doing what we love, but I just had to deal with it in a positive way and try to focus on my recovery. I’m happy now that it’s a thing of the past, and I am back with the gents.”
As the uncertainty looms over Dove, Siyethemba Sithebe, and Ashley Du Preez, the latter could potentially make a return for the Soweto Derby, as indicated by various reports. Du Preez, a 26-year-old striker, has been a key contributor with three goals this season for Kaizer Chiefs. His availability could be pivotal for Chiefs on Saturday, adding an extra layer of anticipation and excitement for fans.
The Soweto Derby holds immense significance, and as teams gear up for the clash, the uncertainties surrounding the key players only add to the intrigue. Kaizer Chiefs will be hoping for positive updates on the fitness of Dove, Sithebe, and Du Preez.