Kaizer Chiefs are facing a pivotal clash against TS Galaxy with just four games left to salvage something from a challenging DStv Premiership campaign.

They will take on the Rockets at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday.

Under Cavin Johnson’s guidance, Amakhosi currently sit eighth in the table, barely holding onto a spot in next season’s MTN8. The battle for these positions is tight, with only four points separating Chiefs from 14th-placed Royal AM.

Despite a recent 2-1 win over SuperSport United, Chiefs suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, denting their confidence ahead of the Galaxy clash.

The encounter with TS Galaxy is crucial as Galaxy currently hold a five-point lead over Chiefs in fifth place. 

Led by Sead Ramovic, Galaxy drew 0-0 with Sekhukhune United and have shown promise with five wins in the DStv Premiership and a spot in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.

Adding to the intrigue is former Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic, in fine form with five goals this season for Galaxy. Ramovic’s strategic use of Nurkovic, often as a substitute, raises questions about his starting role against Chiefs.

Chiefs will miss central defender Given Msimango due to suspension, but Edmilson Dove returns. Coach Johnson can also call on Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Njabulo Ngcobo, and Zitha Kwinika. 

Johnson may also recall Mduduzi Shabalala after his impactful performance against SuperSport.

This match against Galaxy presents a vital opportunity for Chiefs to regain momentum and salvage their season before it reaches its conclusion.