Kaizer Chiefs will turn to former Cape Town City talisman Lebo Manyama to fire them to victory against his old teammates on Saturday (3pm).
Amakhosi are still looking for their first win of the PSL season as they head to Cape Town Stadium to face Benni McCarthy’s seventh-placed team.
And after Manyama passed up a chance to rejoin City after a disappointing year in Turkey, Chiefs boss Giovanni Solinas is hoping to harness that frustration into a match-winning turn from the 2017 PSL Player of the Year.
The Italian’s attack has scored just five goals in five games this season, even with the talents of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Dumisani Zuma already in the squad.
Billiat may not be as settled as he would like, but now with Manyama in the mix, Solinas hopes that his new ace can be a catalyst to the team.
He tells Kickoff: “In my opinion, when Lebo comes in, we can play with Castro, Billiat, Lebo and Zuma.
“We want to play attacking football, so we must show attacking football. But, it might be a problem after the ball is lost, defensively.”
City boss Benni McCarthy wants to take advantage of Chiefs’ problems, but is wary that the wounded Soweto giants could click at any time.
He says: “This match against Kaizer Chiefs is crucial for us. They are wounded but my players are ready to take care of them.
“We are giant slayers. We respect Kaizer Chiefs but we are not David taking on Goliath anymore.
“It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, we won’t change the way we play.”
Weekend PSL fixtures
Cape Town City FC v Kaizer Chiefs (3pm), Chippa United v Baroka FC (3pm), Maritzburg United v Wits (6pm), Orlando Pirates v SuperSport (8.15pm), Polokwane v FS Stars (8.15pm)
AmaZulu v Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands Park v Golden Arrows, Black Leopards v Bloem Celtic (all 3pm).
THREAT: Lebo Manyama, right