Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs full-back Siboniso Gaxa reckons Saturday's Nedbank
Cup clash against United FC presents the perfect opportunity for
Amakhosi to re-focus.
According to the Football411 website, edging ever closer to their first PSL title since 2005, Chiefs
have had to put the champagne on ice after they went down to Ajax Cape
Town in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The midweek defeat left the Glamour Boys only three points ahead
of second-placed Platinum Stars with two matches left in the season.
However, Stuart Baxter's men will now have to turn their
attention to their cup commitments over the weekend, as the Vultures
make the trip to the FNB Stadium for their semi-final showdown.
Gaxa, though, believes the last-four encounter with the National
First Division outfit allows Chiefs to rekindle the form which has made
them so successful this term.
"The most important thing is we must go back to the basics," he told Football411.com.
"The other day against Ajax Cape Town when we lost 3-1 we were
thinking too much about winning that game, because we could have won the
league that day and that in my opinion is the reason we started
becoming anxious, so we started being nervous. We forgot about the
basics and in the end we lost the game."
The Bafana Bafana star has even taken to avoiding contact with
his nearest and dearest to keep him tuned into what he needs to do.
Gaxa added: "So all this noise that we have been hearing that
'Chiefs this, Chiefs that' we must take that away and start focusing on
ourselves. The next two weeks are gonna be big for us and as for me, I
will be switching off my phone so I can focus fully on the job at hand.
"There is so much noise; people talk. You get a phone call and
people start coaching you! It is not easy, let's be honest. Family
members start coaching. Everyone starts coaching.
"So it is not an easy thing, so there is pressure and we cannot
run away from it. We put ourselves there, we wanted to be there and like
I said, if we stick to the basics, we have a very good chance of
winning both the league and the Nedbank Cup."
Chiefs have shown a vast improvement this season under Baxter,
with the Soweto giants setting the pace for much of the campaign, but
Gaxa claims only silverware will determine whether they have turned a
corner as a top-flight club.
"We've done well considering we had a new coach and lots of new
players," he said. "It's been an unbelievable season for us and that is
an achievement on its own, but you need to show you achieved something
this season by winning a trophy.
"I mean you can't say we did so well, but have no silverware to
show for it. It will be very sad to have been number one throughout the
season and lose it in the end."