Absa Premiership

Tshabalala: We must bring our A-game

2016-10-28 13:00
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala admits his side will have to bring their "A-game" when they lock horns with Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

While 'Shabba' insists Amakhosi will prepare for the game like any other, he admits there is more to this clash than the average fixture.

"It's huge when we face each other," he told the club's official website.

"There is a great history behind the teams and the tradition, the rivalry, the success of both teams and the huge followings that each team has - that makes this a game big in all aspects.

"It's the kind of game where players with big match temperament succeed. Against Pirates we always have to bring our A-game.

"I enjoy playing against them and look forward to Saturday's game."

While this is a clash where players will need no extra motivation, Tshabalala says they must remain focused on the task at hand and not get caught up in the emotion of the occasion.

He added: "I try to help in whatever way I can. The guys must remain focused and not get carried away by the occasion of the rivalry. They must also stay away from social.

"Just keep calm, focus on the build-up, do all your hard work in training, get plenty of rest, don't get overwhelmed by the atmosphere when arriving at the stadium and, once the game kicks off, do the basics correct.

"Once you get the feel of the game, you can get into it and go forward."

Kick-off is at 15:30.

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  siphiwe tshabalala  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v Highlands Park, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Friday, 25 October 2019
Cape Town City v Maritzburg United, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
SuperSport United v Black Leopards, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 26 October 2019
Stellenbosch v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Polokwane City, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:30
Highlands Park v Chippa United, Makhulong Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.