Nerves could 'kill' Chiefs
Johannesburg - SuperSport United striker Kermit Erasmus believes the pressure of
needing to win to stay in the PSL title race could prove too much for
Kaizer Chiefs when the sides clash on Wednesday night.
Amakhosi go into the re-arranged match at FNB Stadium knowing
that nothing less than three points will keep them in touch with leaders
Vladimir Vermezovic's side currently trail the Buccaneers and
second-placed Ajax Cape Town by six points, with Mamelodi Sundowns in
third - four points ahead.
A victory in their game in hand would therefore give Chiefs a
real opportunity to win their first championship since 2005 but Erasmus
is determined that the reigning PSL title-holders will not give up
without a fight.
"Chiefs know they have to beat us to stay in the title race and that should give us an advantage," he told Football365.co.za.
"All of the pressure is on them to get the result and we can use
that to help win the match. They know they will probably have to win all
their remaining matches to stand a chance but we also need the points
if we are going to finish in the top eight."
Chiefs have drawn five matches in succession since Thulasizwe
Mbuyane's last-gasp goal denied them victory in February's Soweto derby.
And having played all four of the contenders in his first season back
in South Africa after a stint at Dutch giants Feyenoord, Erasmus thinks
Foppe de Haan's Ajax Cape Town are the most likely to win the league.
He said: "Without a doubt, Ajax are the best team I have faced
this season but they lost some concentration to allow Sundowns to come
back last week. I think they have a good mixture of old and young
players that has served them well.
"Pirates are probably the favourites at the moment but if they
slip up then I think Ajax are in a great position to take advantage."