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Football | Absa Premiership

Siphiwe Tshabalala © Backpagepix

Impossible mission for Chiefs and Stars

It is almost mission impossible for Kaizer Chiefs if they are to lift the league title, as they need to win their remaining matches and hope they get a number of favourable results in other games.

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But that won’t stop them from picking up six points in their last two fixtures of the season according to Siphiwe Tshabalala and assistant coach Doctor Khumalo.

The Amakhosi will be looking for their third win in a row and their third under caretaker coaches Ace Khuse and Doctor Khumalo when they lock horns with a determined Free State Stars side in an Absa Premiership match at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00.

After the worst run in the club’s history, which saw Chiefs lose four matches in a row, the Phefeni Glamour Boys have found some form with 2-0 wins over both Mamelodi Sundowns and more recently Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night.

Speaking immediately after the win over the Urban Warriors, assistant coach Doctor Khumalo heaped praise on his team and looking towards the end of the season admitted that the players were hungry for success especially considering the fact that their new coach Stuart Baxter, who will take over next season, is watching.

“Congratulations to the boys on the win and the management, especially our Chairman and also our supporters because they have been rallying behind us,” said Khumalo.

“There is no coach who can pull it off in three games, but I must say to the Kaizer Chiefs family well done because we stick together and there it is, it is working wonders now.

“At Kaizer Chiefs we are all professionals, so if there are remaining games, we just have to finish it off, there is no game that we going to single out as an easy game.

“We just have to go out to get the points and please the guys, and also to welcome our new coach. The boys are showing that they are hungry now,” finished the Chiefs Legend.

The team may be hungry and have an ever-fading hope of league success, but Tshabalala knows it won’t be easy against Free State Stars who also have an outside chance of lifting the Absa Premiership crown.

Nonetheless, the Bafana Bafana winger admits, “It feels good to be back in winning ways,” but they are taking it one step at a time.

“We are taking it one game at a time. So far, so good, the last two games we have six points and now the focus is on Free State Stars which is going to be a tough one, but we are up for the challenge and we want to get maximum points again on Saturday.”

Free State Stars are two points and one place above Chiefs on the log with 48 points in fifth place, and their captain Kennedy Mweene says that is a spot they want to keep while finding some sweet revenge at the same time for a loss suffered earlier in the season.

“It’s not going to be an easy match playing Chiefs after they convincingly won their last two games against Sundowns and Ajax, but we want to maintain our place on the log and hope teams above us slip up so we can get closer to the top.

“Despite having beaten them (Chiefs) in the Nedbank cup they beat us in the first round, so we will be going all out for revenge and to get three points,” said Mweene before looking to his side’s slim title hopes.

“It is a fact that we have two matches left to finish the season, but we still have an outside chance of winning the league. Not that I am saying the plan is to gun for the league, but even if we don’t get to win the title at least finish in a respectable position would be an achievement on its own,” concluded Mweene.


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