SA-based midfielder Edwin Gyimah set to boost Black Aces in Kaizer Chiefs clash
Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyimah’s availability will provide the needed boost for Mpumalanga Black Aces when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in the South African top-flight on Wednesday.
The hard-tackling midfielder was not available when they were thrashed 4-0 by Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quarter-final just over a week ago.
Work permit problems prevented him from playing for Black Aces which resulted in the thumping defeat at the hands of the giants.
The two sides meet again in their league match and Black Aces coach Clive Barker believes the 4-0 drubbing was not a fair assessment of what his men can offer this season.
He was short of personnel, he argued yesterday.
The two sides meet again tonight in an Absa Premiership clash at the Mbombela Stadium, and Barker expects an improved performance from a changed line-up.
Abia Nale, Collins Mbesuma and Edwin Gyimah all missed Aces’ humiliation at FNB Stadium, but are now available.
“I would be very disappointed if we lost the game,” said Barker. [The defeat to Chiefs] was an unfair look at our team.
“We planned to face them with all our foreign players and, late into our preparations, we were told we will be without them and therefore lost our advantage. But now they are all ready to play.”
Stuart Baxter admitted AmaZayoni would be a tricky outfit the second time round.
“They will still play possession football. They will have some of their foreign players in their team and they will pack some firepower in their new recruit Mbesuma up front.
Our lads approached the cup game very well, but it’s all history now,” Baxter said.
Amakhosi will still be without striker Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala .