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Chiefs chase the title

The Kaizer Chiefs captain says pressure is to be expected as the Amakhosi prepare for Saturday night’s league game against Free State Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night, kick-off at 8:15pm.

 

AmaKhosi must overcome a Stars side which beat them in the corresponding first round fixture, and also need to get back to winning ways after drawing 0-0 with Vasco da Gama on Tuesday.

The result in Cape Town was compounded by fellow title-chasers’ Orlando Pirates’ 3-1 win over Maritzburg United on Wednesday.

Against Vasco, top striker Knowledge Musona was left on the bench with coach Vladimir Vermezovic saying afterwards that the Zimbabwean is suffering a dip in form.

But now with the in-form Kaizer Motaung Junior out suspended (three yellow cards), Vermezovic will most likely be forced to start Musona, although former Ea Lla Koto marksman Sthembiso Ngcobo is another option.

Either way, the Soweto giants will need to find more firepower than they did down in the Mother City against a Stars side that Tau feels will provide a stern challenge.

“Stars are never easy, their style always makes them difficult opponents. For us we need a good performance and a positive result – we must put the Vasco result behind us and move forwards.”

Tau will be available himself after serving a one-match ban, and is looking forward to returning to the fray. With the season beginning to reach its climax, the pressure is mounting on South Africa’s best-supported club to bring home the title which has eluded them for six seasons.

“There is always pressure on us, its part of the territory, part of being at Chiefs. But the fans are optimistic (that we can win the title) and this rubs off on the players and we appreciate their encouragement,” said the former Pirates right back.

AmaKhosi are expected to see the return of Siphiwe Tshabalala, who missed the Vasco game following concussion against Bucs.

Stars are in solid if unspectacular form, proving themselves a difficult team to beat under the guidance of Steve Komphela.

Captain and goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was in enthusiastic mood when travelling to Polokwane, despite drawing 1-1 with AmaZulu on Wednesday.

“That’s football (the draw with Usuthu), we should have done better but its history now and we have to move on.

“Chiefs are going to be tough – they want three points for the league, we want three points for the top eight.

“But we remember beating them in the first round, and the good thing is you don’t need any motivation when playing against Chiefs.

“We have a couple of players out, but we have the manpower to cope,” said Mweene.

Stars will be without Paulus Masehe, Goodman Sahutsi and Matome Madimabe-Backpagepix

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