“We have one option and that’s to win this one,” comments Steve Komphela about Saturday afternoon’s match against Chippa United. “There are only a few matches left to play for this season, so there is no room for error. We are confident that we will continue where we left off on Wednesday.”
Kaizer Chiefs beat Free State Starts 1-0 on Wednesday, thanks to Teenage Hadebe’s first goal since becoming a Glamour Boy at the beginning of this season.
Amakhosi will host Chippa United in an Absa Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 7 April (kick-off is at 15:00). This match comes after having booked back-to-back wins in the Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup, being victorious over respectively Free State Stars (league) and Baroka FC (cup).
Chiefs are presently in third spot on the Absa Premiership log, having collected 39 points from 25 games. That’s seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. It means that with five matches to go everything is still possible.
“We are in a good space,” the Chiefs coach points out. “And we want to remain in this space for as long as it takes. The message in the camp is clear – it is another must-win match to keep the momentum.”
“Chippa lost their midweek game,” Komphela continues. “That makes them dangerous opponents, especially because they have now acclimatized to the conditions in Gauteng after having spent a few days here.
“They enjoy playing good football. One thing is for sure, it promises to be a fierce battle for three points. They are very strong going forward with Mark Mayambela being the key in their offensive play. But we will make sure to contain their plans while unleashing our own game plan.”
Gustavo Páez is not available due to injury, while Kabelo Mahlasela and Emmanuel Letlotlo remain on the sidelines focusing on getting back to full match fitness levels.
“We are on the business end of the league,” concludes Komphela. “We are highly motivated and looking forward to the match.”
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