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Kaizer Chiefs skipper Jimmy Tau yesterday admitted that Amakhosi were going through a lean spell, but vowed that they will bounce back soon.
Tau was speaking to Sowetanahead of their crucial Absa Premiership encounter against the in-form Platinum Stars at the Olympia Park Stadium at 6pm tomorrow.
Last season Chiefs conceded only 20 goals from 30 matches but this time round their defence has uncharacteristically let in 17 with two matches still to go in the first round.
Amakhosi had to pick the ball out of the net five times in their past two league matches.
Bay United nearly showed the most well supported side in the PSL a ghost before their game ended in a 3-all draw last Sunday. As if that was not enough, Free State Stars went on to thrash Chiefs 2-0.
"We've hit a bad patch and we're under severe pressure because we're struggling to get results. It's a phase we're going through at the moment, but it happens to any team in the world," said Tau.
"We appeal to our wonderful supporters to bear with us because we hope to regain our form soon and bring some smiles to their faces."
Chiefs have not exhibited the hunger displayed by some of the teams in the league.
They have often managed to break down opposition defences, but their penchant for conceding silly goals has become the bane of theirthousands of followers. They are fast becoming a doormat to other teams.
Ibe Zito Ogbonna, Thuso Phala, Simphiwe Tshabalala and Tinashe Nengomasha must get their act together now lest they antagonise their fans further.
But they will find Stars in an uncompromising mood.
The Tycoons' striker, Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo is back from injury.
"We respect them [Chiefs], but on the day we'll not show any respect for them. We don't doubt our ability and we can absorb pressure, but we're going out there to compete," he said.
Lefa Mogaila, Stanley Kgatla and Edward Williams are back from suspension and will be in the Stars team.
In another encounter Moroka Swallows host Bidvest Wits in a league game at Germiston Stadium on Sunday.
Fresh from their 4-2 defeat by Thanda Royal Zulu, the Birds need to redeem themselves. Wits, who lost 2-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows, are hoping to capitalise on Swallows' inconsistent form.