It will be a top-of-the-table Absa Premiership clash when Free State Stars welcome Kaizer Chiefs to the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday, 01 September 2012, kick-off at 15h00.
Stars began their league campaign with a 2-0 home win over Bidvest Wits and will be looking for a similar result this weekend.
“Credit to teamwork; we work for one another here, the team spirit is high and it shows in the way we approach our games. We realised the importance of us uniting as a team and this is starting to pay dividends,” Mathoho said
The Free State side also racked up an away win in their last outing by defeating top flight rookies Chippa United 2-1 in Cape Town.
Ea Lla Koto are placed second on the league standings after the first two rounds of matches.
“The communication at the back was also important. Itu (Itumeleng Khune) always communicates with his defence and also communication is good among all of us. Tefo came in and fitted well following Morgan Gould’s injury. Everyone is ready for any unplanned circumstances in the team to take over the baton and that is what Tefo did this evening.”
Chiefs kicked-off their league campaign with a bang, crushing AmaZulu 6-0 in Durban thanks to four goals from Bernard Parker.
The Soweto side then maintained their place at the top of the log with a 2-1 home win over Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi are placed first on the league standings after the first two rounds of matches, with a goal difference of +7.
In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chiefs have met in 25 league games since 1996.
Amakhosi have traditionally dominated the fixture, claiming 16 wins compared to just three for Ea Lla Koto.
Stars have won just two of their 12 home matches against Chiefs, though both victories have come within the last four seasons.
Last season the Soweto giants did a league ‘double’ over Ea Lla Koto, winning 2-1 both home and away.