Steve Komphela will host his former side, Kazier Chiefs, at the very same ground where he last managed them. The Golden Arrows boss resigned after fan violence marred the 2018 Nedbank Cup semi-final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Amakhosi lost 2-0 to Free State Stars on that occasion.
Since then, though, Komphela’s career has been through ebbs and flows. He helped Bloemfontein Celtic to a top eight finish last year and has steadied the Golden Arrows ship since taking over the reins.
Arrows drew 1-1 to Polokwane City in their last match, though, and will be looking to bounce back from that blip. Mohammed Anas equalised in the 70th minute after Knox Mutizwa opened the scoring in the eighth.
But Komphela’s priorities are very different from his opposite number.
Kazier Chiefs look set to clinch the league title.
Last season was Amakhosi’s first after the Komphela years. But they had a dismal run – worse than any season with him in charge.
But Ernst Middendorp has restored Amakhosi’s pride this season.
Chiefs lead Mamelodi Sundowns by seven points and have a major opportunity to extend that while Masandawana focus on their CAF Champions League commitments.
On paper and in prose, this fixture is packed with subplots.
Below are some key statistics between the two teams for Chiefs home games and Highlands Park’s away games.