It’s Kaizer Chiefs versus Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup Last 32. Coach Steve Komphela and his team concluded their preparations yesterday ahead of this most anticipated game, which will be played at FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick-off at 15:30).
“We can’t choose between league or cup competition games,” Komphela commented. “We aspire to win at all times. The club was formed on the principle of a winning culture. That the premiership is tight doesn’t apply when approaching a cup fixture.”
The coach pointed out that Amakhosi will enter this afternoon’s Nedbank Cup tie aiming to proceed to the next round.
“This time of the season is tricky for all teams,” Komphela said, “but especially for us, as we all know that Arrows will bring their A-game to the FNB Stadium.”
A snapshot of the club’s league form shows that the two teams go into the match under contrasting conditions – Chiefs still have a chance to win their first league title in three years, Arrows are not clear from the danger zone.
“The stakes are high for us, week in, week out,” the Chiefs mentor added. “We will go all out for the league title, but that doesn’t mean that we will take the foot off the paddle in the Nedbank Cup. That’s how it is and there’s no catch-22. We plan to fire on all cylinders to achieve a result and proceed to the next round.”
Amakhosi went into camp with some good news with Teenage Hadebe and Joseph Molangoane available again for selection.
“On the downside,” Komphela mentioned, “we are working around the clock to get Philani Zulu ready for selection.” The left-back sustained an ankle injury during last weekend’s Bidvest Wits game. “Philani trained well during the week and it is just a matter of following medical advice in terms of his readiness.”
“There are no secrets in a knockout competition,” Komphela concluded. “Firstly, we have to stamp our authority from the onset and use our home ground advantage. Secondly, and that is non-negotiable, to proceed to the next round we have to score, while not conceding goals. That’s what we planned for the whole week. We know it is going to be a tough game, as they always are. We have a lot up our sleeve to win the game. We are hungry for silverware.”
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Kaizer Chiefs usually have a Toyota Zone for our league games at home, but that won’t be the case on Sunday afternoon for the match against Golden Arrows as this concerns a Nedbank Cup fixture.