Absa Premiership

Chiefs to re-channel energy

2015-01-14 14:19
Doctor Khumalo (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo said tremendous emphasis would be placed on shutting out the distractions which have affected the team during the current transfer window.

READ: Doctor makes Khune admission.

Since the Premiership entered its mid-term break last December, there have been several developments at the club - some more positive than others.

Amakhosi have secured the services of David Zulu for two-and-a-half years, there has been speculation about the possible departure of Itumeleng Khune, and there was also the confirmation from SuperSport United that Kingston Nkhatha would cross the Juksei River at the end of the season.

Finally, there is also the small matter of a pre-season fixture against Hoffenheim this week, which will take place without Chiefs' international stars, who are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. It is all a considerable amount to digest and Khumalo is well aware of it.

"We’re hoping the game against Hoffenheim will help the players recap on Kaizer Chiefs’ intentions in terms of our tactical approach, considering that some of the guys are with the national team as well as all that has happened with Kingston [Nkhatha] leaving and Itu [Khune] might be going to [Orlando] Pirates," Khumalo told Kick Off.

"Those are things that affect the mentality [of the players], so we want to concentrate on the tactical and technical factors," added the Chiefs assistant coach.

Head coach Stuart Baxter has also fallen ill during this period and will not be present when the team play against Hoffenheim this week, which means that the responsibility of restoring balance and focus will now fall squarely on the shoulders of Khumalo.

"Playing against Hoffenheim will give us an idea in terms of where we stand with players that never got much game-time, and those that have been fighting for a place in the team," added Khumalo.

"It will probably be more of a plus for us regarding our tactical approach.

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