Vermezovic: We won't give up
Vladimir Vermezovic (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Vladimir Vermezovic insists Kaizer Chiefs will not surrender the league title, until it is mathematically impossible for them to be champions.
Amakhosi are six points behind leaders and arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the PSL standings with five matches to go.
But the Serbian coach has refused to throw in the towel, despite watching his charges draw their last five fixtures.
"The draw has changed nothing, because we still believe we can win it. Our hopes are still alive and we will fight until the end, but we also have to realise we have a difficult schedule until the end," he said.
"We will try our best and fight to the end."
Vermezovic insisted the stalemates shouldn't be interpreted as an indication that Chiefs have been battling in recent times.
"It is interesting that the last five games we have played draws but we didn't go out to play for a draw," added the coach.
"We will never do that and I don't think it is a question of whether we are not confident or not. Yesterday their goalkeeper (Darren Keet) was the real obstacle for us and when we drew Pirates, for example, they scored in the last minute so maybe it was a question of luck. But never mind, we are fighting to the end. I hope our next league game against SuperSport United will be better."
Meanwhile, Chiefs face Wits again on Sunday in the Nedbank Cup and Vermezovic is hoping his charges can break their bad luck in the competition.
"Some people say we are specialists in cups, but we have never won the Nedbank Cup," he said.
"But we will try to put something more this year, because Wits is a very good team as you saw on Wednesday when we played them at the Mbombela stadium. We are hoping to go all the way in this cup for a change."