Kaizer Chiefs players yesterday warned people not to read too much into their recent losses, saying Amakhosi will turn the corner on Saturday.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and company said they were optimistic about making a strong comeback against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final at Kings Park Stadium in Durban.
They lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows in the second leg of the semifinal, but advanced to the final on goal aggregate. In the league Chiefs have lost to Thanda Royal Zulu (2-0) and to Maritzburg United (3-2).
Despite their disjointed defence against United, Amakhosi are determined to rise to the occasion and lift the inaugural trophy.
"It's one of the biggest challenges. Now that we're in the final, it means we have to fight to the bitter end to lift that coveted cup," captain Jimmy Tau said.
"It's up to us to go for our first trophy of the season. We're not playing against any individual, but we're facing Sundowns as a team and we're determined to fight on."
Letsholonyane said it was an honour to don the black and gold outfit against the star-studded Brazilians.
"It will be something to enthuse about for us to win this competition, more so against Sundowns. For me it will be an honour to see Chiefs lifting it in my first season with them.
"People must not read too much into our defeats as well as our position on the log," he said.
Siphiwe Tshabalala said they were not in the final for fun.
"It's a big game and very motivating to play against a team of Sundowns' calibre," said Tshbalala. "But we're going to do our best to see that we come out tops."
Chiefs are likely to be without Kaizer Motaung junior, Arthur Zwane and Gerald Sibeko, who are injured, and Tinashe Nengomashe whose sister has died.