Cape Town - Tefu
Mashamaite is expecting plenty of fireworks when table-topping Kaizer Chiefs
face rock-bottom AmaZulu in the Premiership on Thursday evening.
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Amakhosi will welcome Usuthu to the Peter Mokaba Stadium
this week on the back of their CAF Champions League capitulation against Raja
Casablanca, where a 2-0 defeat ended the Glamour Boys' continental campaign at
the first round.
Stuart Baxter's men were also recently dumped out of the
Nedbank Cup quarter-finals, while two defeats and a draw in their last five
league outings have seen their lead at the top cut to seven points.
AmaZulu, meanwhile, are undefeated in their last five in the
top flight as head coach Steve Barker looks to drag them out of the relegation
zone, with only two points now separating the Durban club and safety.
And, with so much riding on the clash, Mashamaite - who
returned to South Africa from Morocco with his team-mates only 48 hours prior
to this week's clash - is expecting nothing less than a grueling encounter.
"We will rise to the occasion," he told his club's
"It boils down to professionalism.
"We had a long journey from Casablanca via Dubai back
to Johannesburg and now we are hopping on the bus to Limpopo. But that’s how it
He continued: "We know the importance of this
championship. We fight to win the league title and AmaZulu battle to stave off
relegation. We both have a lot at stake."