“We are going all out for a win,” comments coach Steve Komphela ahead of Wednesday’s game against Free State Stars. “We are on a must-win-all plan for the remaining six league fixtures. It is the final lap and all the teams are making a final push. Some want to win the league, to play in the African Champions League, there’s the Top 8 and others want to avoid relegation. So it is game on.”
Komphela took the Glamour Boys through pre-match training on Tuesday morning before the team embarked on a trip to the Free State Province to face Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership match at Bethlehem’s Goble Park on Wednesday night (kick-off is at 19:30).
“We had one training session since the Nedbank Cup game on Saturday,” Komphela reflects. “That’s not much, but we have recovered and are ready for Stars. They are competing well and their log position tells a story of their season so far. They play as a team. Siphelele Mthembu, who played for us, is doing well and another threat is Sinethemba Jantjie.”
“We are looking at a continuation after booking a win in last Saturday’s cup game,” says the Kaizer Chiefs coach, referring to the 1-0 win over Baroka FC in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal. “We hope lady luck will add to the chances that we create and that, as a result, we will score more goals.”
Amakhosi drew Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semifinals to be played in the weekend of 21 April.
“That we will face them soon again in a cup match will have no impact on today’s encounter,” Komphela explains. “There is a lot at stake, as both league and cup matches are equally important. We will not pull any punches; we will have a full swing at them. Of course, the psychological impact of having a league and a cup match against Free State Stars in a short space of time will be there, but we are professional enough to know that every game is as important.”
Amakhosi are a present in fifth position on the Absa Premiership log (36 points from 24 games), seventh points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. Free State Stars are in fourth place, having collected 37 points from 24 matches.
“It is six matches to go – 18 points to play for,” the Chiefs coach concludes. “The message to the team is clear. Be professional about it until the ‘fat lady’ sings. We want to play good football and get a result tonight.”
Open stand R80
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Free State Stars Offices; 22 President Boshoff Street
Engen Garage next to Country Meat Bethlehem – Muller Street
Super Spar in QwaQwa
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