Cape Town - In-form Kaizer Chiefs striker Siphelele Mthembu believes his hard work is paying off as he continues to impress for the Premier Soccer League giants.
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Mthembu is still revelling in his hat-trick against Edu Sports FC in the Nedbank Cup last-32 at the weekend, where Amakhosi romped to a 4-0 win to progress to the next round.
According to Football411, the 27-year-old, who is hopeful that greater things are yet to come.
He said: "Playing for a bigger team is always a challenge because you are expected to do well. Now I think I have settled in on what the coach (Stuart Baxter) wants from me.
"I was happy with the goals against Edu Sports, these days you just don't underestimate small teams, because they compete against bigger teams and for them to be in the last 32 shows they are doing a good job.
“It’s competition, any team that you come across you go there and do your part.
"Another thing is that the coach is like a father to us, because he teaches so much, even if I can go and play overseas I would blend in perfectly."
When asked whether he has cemented a place in Chiefs' starting line up, Mthembu said: "It is not about me, it's all about team work, whoever starts as long as he will be doing the job."
Commenting on his billing as the replacement for Kingston Nkhatha, who joined SuperSport United in the January transfer window, Mthembu said: "Nkhatha has been with the team for a long time and I had just started, but so far the way I think and the way coach thinks is different - all I do is to listen to his instructions and do the job as required and I believe any player who can be put in that position can do the job. It is all about determination."
Chiefs will travel to Botswana on Saturday to face Township Rollers in the second leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round encounter, taking with them a 2-1 win they secured at the FNB Stadium two weeks ago.
The Glamour Boys will now be looking to push home their advantage, but Mthembu he wary of taking anything for granted.
He said: "We will go and fight. It would not be fair for us to get carried away now, and say we have more advantage. All we need to do is to fight as the team and work ever harder."