Absa Premiership

Shabba: We'll cope without Kingston

2015-02-13 12:10
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Supplied)
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is confident the side will be able to cope without the services of Kingston Nkhatha, thanks to the Glamour Boys' strength in depth.

The Zimbabwe international departed Amakhosi for SuperSport United during the January transfer window, with his initial pre-agreement with Matsatsantsa pushed through with immediate effect to best suit both parties.

Nkhatha got his tenure with the Tshwane giants off to the perfect start after netting on debut in the 2-2 draw against Free State Stars on Wednesday, and although Tshabalala knows they lost a skilled marksman, he remains confident Chiefs' other frontmen can more than step up to the plate.

"Kingston was a good player, he was one of our key players and we wish him well at SuperSport, but we still have players that can do a good job," Tshabalala, whose side are now unbeaten in their 19 Premiership matches this season, told The Citizen.

"I was very happy for him [scoring for SuperSport]."

Chiefs did, however, seem to miss the Zimbabwean's services this week as they played out a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic, but Tshabalala was able to take plenty of positives from the stalemate, which left them 13 points clear at the top of the standings.

"I think we are back on the horse now," said Shabba, as he is affectionately known.

"(Wednesday) was a tough one, it was not a walk in the park, but we are still unbeaten, and managed to secure a point that will help us."

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