Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka is not taking anything for granted as Amakhosi prepare for their next assignment which is a game against Maritzburg United. The Absa Premiership encounter will take place on Saturday evening at FNB Stadium.
Despite not having been able to have gotten the better of Maritzburg United in two previous clashes this season (in the Telkom Knockout Cup and Absa Premiership), Maluleka believes those games have given Chiefs some insight into what they will be up against at 18:00 on Saturday.
While Chiefs are undefeated in their last five games in all competitions, winning four of those, Maluleka holds the view that it will be vital for Chiefs to continue playing with the same intensity that they have shown in their last few games. “We have the momentum at the moment, and we need to keep on fighting,” stresses Maluleka. There are a lot more games to be played, including cup games. We need good results from the remaining matches. Being under pressure and performing well is part of our DNA.”
Maluleka is hoping that Amakhosi will have a turnaround in fortune this time around against United, after playing to a 1-1 draw in their last encounter in December.
“We were very unlucky despite us putting in a good effort,” he says. “If we are able to minimise errors, we stand a good chance. We are at home this time, which counts in our favour. We have done fairly well at home recently. We are aware they are coming from a very good win in their midweek away from home game against Wits. If we can convert the chances we create, then we stand a good chance of getting something out of the game.”
Maluleka is a winner of three league titles two with SuperSport United in the past and with Chiefs in 2014-15. He says he is not getting ahead of himself despite Chiefs’ healthy lead at the top of the standings. He is aware that there is still a lot of football to be played for Chiefs to start talking about lifting the trophy.
“I think we need to stay in our lane and take it one game at a time,” he cautions. We need to be very focused as we cannot look too far ahead.”
The midfielder who has played sixteen league games this season, was named Chiefs man of the match in their last game which was a 1-0 win over Royal Eagles on Saturday in a Nedbank Cup round of 32 clash.
“I feel great since we came back from the mid-season break. I think my form has been good and happy to have been able to assist the team. it is always good to get an accolade but to contribute to the team’s victory is most important. Individual accolades are a bonus. The team does well if we as individuals come to the party. I am not in this alone, I have teammates with me and we are all doing our best as a collective for the supporters,” he concludes.