Cape Town - Kaizer Chief captain Tefu Mashamaite confesses that the prospect of winning the PSL title early is “something beautiful.”
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According to the clubs official website, Mashamaite indicated that he is happy about how the season went so far.
“In future, we will be able to look back and be proud. For example, we went on an unbeaten run of 19 games, which is fantastic.”
Chiefs also only conceded 11 goals in 26 matches. Still, with Amakhosi losing a few games in quick succession earlier this year - against SuperSport United and Maritzburg United - some media were already predicting that a repeat of last season could be a possibility.
At the time, Chiefs were also far ahead, but Mamelodi Sundowns managed to catch up and even go on to win the Absa Premiership.
Mashamaite, however, was never too worried about that: “I can’t always be worried about what happened in the past.
“For example, I can’t be worried the whole time about apartheid. It’s important to look forward. You learn lessons from the past and you move ahead.”
The coach also stressed at some stage: “Don’t worry about Sundowns’ results. We must focus on what we are doing, our results.”
Mashamaite was indeed not worried at all with the writing in the media and with some supporters being critical: If you worry too much about things outside your control, you just create a cloud of confusion.”
One journalist questioned Mashamaite about the added pressure and the defenders response was: “Pressure is the most abused word in South African soccer,” Mashamaite answered.
“We have a chance to win the league. What pressure is that? That’s not pressure, that’s something beautiful.”
Mashamaite is also not worried about the fact that none of the Chiefs players scored more than six league goals this season.
“We have various players who have scored - Mandla Masango, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, George Lebese, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Erick Mathoho, Siyabonga Nkosi, Siphelele Mthembu, Kingston Nkhatha before he left and myself. Winning is a team effort.”