Absa Premiership

Cyril Nzama: Kaizer Chiefs still in title race

2019-01-11 07:30
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Cyril Nzama isn't ready to count out his old team yet and reckons they could still make their presence felt in the Absa Premiership race.

Chiefs secured a much-needed 2-0 win over Absa Premiership leaders Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night, and it has given Amkhosi and their fans a new sense of self-belief.

"I think they are doing well so far despite the loss against (Mamelodi) Sundowns. They now have a structure and direction, but I am not saying they didn’t have it before," Nzama told Goal.

"There is self-belief and they have experienced players in the squad such as Bernard Parker, Willard Katsande and these are the guys that will help the youngsters remain focused on the bigger picture."

The Soweto giants now switch their attention to this weekend's CAFConfederation Cup play-off round first-leg clash against Zesco United in Zambia

"We all know such games need players who have international experience and I am confident that they will come back from Zambia with a good result," added Nzama.

Asked about the absence of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who was recently ruled out for six months after undergoing surgery, Nzama said Chiefs should be ok as they have an able replacement in Virgil Vries.

"I think Chiefs are heading in the right direction and it’s just that they will not have Khune going forward. However, I believe the goalkeeping department will do well,” he said.

"I don’t think they will miss Khune that much, let’s be honest all goalkeepers do commit such mistakes. I have seen keepers in Europe conceding such goals and I am happy he managed to keep a clean sheet against Wits.

"He is not a bad keeper because he is a number one for Namibia and that tells a lot about his quality. He is a human being and he must be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.


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