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chiefs' form put to test

By Mogomotsi | Dec 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

KAIZER Chiefs welcome Platinum Stars to Loftus Stadium at 7.30pm for their Absa Premiership match high on confidence following their emphatic 3-1 win over Maritzburg United on Sunday.

Tonight's match provides Amakhosi with an opportunity to heap more pressure on log leaders SuperSport United.

There seems to be a new air of optimism and confidence among the Chiefs players. Twice they have dug deep and managed dramatic wins when the matches seemed headed for draws and linkman David Mathebula reckons everything is on track for tonight's clash.

"We have prepared well for the game against Stars and hopefully we'll continue with our good run of form," said Mathebula.

"When our strikers can't score, the midfielders can: it's a shared responsibility among all the players. We know that if we keep winning matches and closing the gap, SuperSport United will feel the pressure. But there is also Santos, who are doing well."

Perhaps Chiefs' form of late is their way of showing their critics that they are as good as any side of the past and have what it takes to challenge for honours.

On the other hand, Stars' weekend defeat by Mpumalanga Black Aces will not have done their confidence any good.

Coach Steve Komphela lamented his side's inconsistency after their 1-0 defeat against Aces and they face a very tough week where they will play Chiefs tonight before their Saturday afternoon encounter against Orlando Pirates at Moruleng Stadium. Komphela said he would need to have a serious chat with his players about their inconsistent displays.

Dinaledi will have their work cut out for them and will need to call on the experience of Mbulelo Mabizela - who of late has been showing glimpses of his old form - and Norikazu Murakami to see them through.

l Jomo Cosmos should expect sturdy resistance from Santos who they host at Rand Stadium at 7.30pm, while Lamontville Golden Arrows entertain Free State Stars at Chatsworth Stadium at 3.30pm.


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