Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite insists the team are under no pressure as they gear up for Saturday's Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates.
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Amakhosi looked in danger of suffering a mid-season collapse after a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and the 2-0 defeat at SuperSport in February saw the Glamour Boys' lead at the top of the standings cut down to just seven points.
However, Chiefs have since re-opened a 10-point advantage after seeing off Ajax Cape Town 1-0 on Wednesday, and while there is still plenty riding on this weekend's clash against their bitter rivals, skipper Mashamaite insists they will be taking it in their stride.
"I am happy, feeling energized," he told Chiefs' official website.
"Pressure is for people without money, always wondering where their next food will come from. People come to cheer us, to motivate us. That’s not pressure, that’s a wonderful experience."
He continued: "We have had a great journey so far this season. As a result of this, there is very positive spirit in the camp.
"The Derby is about pride. We ask the supporters to back us up, even if things don’t always go our way.
“We know what is at stake. There is so much love to get out of this."
Kick-off is at 15:30.