Kaizer Chiefs feeling the heat

2011-09-15 17:06

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic is upbeat that his soccer team will put on a spirited display against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates when they clash in the Premier League at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

It will be the second Soweto Derby in as many weeks after Pirates beat Amakhosi to retain the MTN8 title on Saturday.

"We will fight in the hope that we finally can make something bigger than last time," said Vermezovic.

Home team Chiefs face an uphill battle after losing 2-1 to Ajax Cape Town in a midweek league fixture.

"I feel that the pressure is on my back and we owe it to our supporters to make it a better game.

"I've said previously that we couldn't be judged on the Vodacom and Carling Cup matches played before the season started."

While there are no injuries in the side, Chiefs will be missing midfield strongman Tinashe Nengomasha, who was suspended after picking up a third yellow card against the Urban Warriors.

Vermezovic is likely to pick youngster Lucky Baloyi to feature alongside Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the middle of the park.

Pirates will be brimming with confidence, having collected all three points in their 1-0 midweek win over Santos.

Coach Julio Leal said there was always room for improvement, and defending the league title was their main ambition this season.

"It is always good to do well against Chiefs, who are our main rivals," Leal said.

"There is still a lot to come from Pirates this season and our ultimate ambition is to win the league trophy again."

Having rested midfielders Andile Jali, Tlou Segolela and forward Thulasizwe Mbuyane, and with veteran goal-poacher Benni McCarthy returning from suspension, the ship of the Happy People will be operating at full strength at the 96 000 capacity Nasrec venue.

Captain Lucky Lekgwathi said they would not be judging Chiefs on their two successive losses.

Pirates are still looking for their first league win in two seasons against the Glamour Boys.

"They lost two games in a row and they will want to come out and redeem themselves against us," said Lekgwathi.

"We will not underestimate them."


  • DIDI - 2011-09-15 18:13

    u better win this one or else...

  • Mmahulo Mashabela - 2011-09-15 18:30

    Am a Khosi fan but Pirates is surely going to beat us again. We have 2 problems: One is the coach and the other is Management. The coach cant get his combinations right. Even the obvisous! You cant play both Parker and Majoro for 70 minutes in a game of such intensity while you know they both cannot run, and keep Ncqobo on the bench. Even worse, no matter how tired he may seem, we never remove Simphiwe Tshabalala from the pitch! Now, management decided to focus more on turning Chiefs from being a soccer team into a commercial brand. Well, there is nothing wrong if you strike the equilibrium. But if you focus on selling funeral plans and focus less on assisting the coach with buying quality players then you have completely moved your eyes off the ball. Wake up Bobby! Kaizer Chiefs is a soccer team before it can become anything else. We, the fans, didnt associate with a 'brand'. We associated with a Soccer team! Beef up the team with quality players so that the coach can be able to do his job and we, the fans, remain happy. We cant always be on our knees looking up for a miracle! We want to be confident of our team's capability. We want to be proud fans supporting a team that continues to write good history in South African soccer. Pirates, Sundows, Swallows, Amazulu, to mention but a few, are old teams. But they know that the word Chiefs means exactly what it says. We rule soccer! But why have we now let Pirates rule on our behalf? When the time comes they may not relinquish.

      Nox - 2011-09-15 18:45

      U r lying when u r saying u rnsupporter of the mighty amakhosi;we r not fickle the khosi fan;in fact u r a sisi.if u r a married man ur wife must b abusing u.grow up pirates fan

      phillip james mshika - 2011-09-15 18:56

      i could not agree more man you have sed it...rise khosi we real need confindence when chiefs play.not to hope for lucky to win

      Daddy - 2011-09-16 06:51

      I agree with you to a point. The biggest problem with our team is the coach. He has lost the plot and is running clueless. The players are not ready to die for him anymore. You may have the best players money can buy but they have to be motivated and I believe he cannot do that anymore. We are fast becoming the laughing stock of SA football.....

      dr - 2011-09-16 07:54

      @Mashabela: U have said it mouthfully even though I am OP supporter I am very much clear with your statement, what u are saying is true totally agree with u. But the fact of the matter zebra are going 2 loose again as u have already mentioned, OP bench has got secret weapons when is time 2 substitute.

      kgalifi - 2011-09-16 12:41

      im a buccaneer fan and i really enjoy every minute that chips is going down. well you have a point from what you're saying

  • Mmahulo Mashabela - 2011-09-15 18:53

    Noko, I am a fan of the Amakhosi. Mara nnete shall set us free, dude. Truth must be told...!

  • Letjitlane - 2011-09-15 21:11

    I'll not be surprised if all eyes are taken off the ball to the coach

  • Vroteier9 - 2011-09-16 05:54

    Pirates vs Chiefs games are always my favorites. here's to another good match & hoping Pirates will clinch another win.

  • lixo - 2011-09-16 06:15

    Last week the skipper made a huge mistake by saying they needed to concetrate for 90 minutes. With Pirates you must concetrate for the entire game because they can score in 91st,92nd,93rd or 95th minute. Since last season they have won several games or drawn after 90 minutes. Ndulula scored in the 91st minute. So, please Tau tell your team to concetrate for the entire game and they might salvage a draw. Thats being prudent because Pirates is hot. May the best team win.

  • Mingers - 2011-09-16 08:57

    I am deeply hurt by Amakhosi s consecutive loses to Bucs,Something drastic needs to happen, However as a Khosi 4Life iam not shaken by this loses i still remain a loyal supporter of the Glamour boys.My message to Mabakabaka is EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY,mark my words....

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