Chiefs look beyond Pirates
KAIZER Chiefs are warning there is a new sharpness about the team and a renewed team spirit as they prepare to face Orlando Pirates tomorrow - a week before the official start of the season.
Both Lehlohonolo Majoro and Bernard Parker say the camaraderie around the squad and the extensive preparation in recent weeks make them confident of launching a credible bid for all trophies on offer this coming season, starting with tomorrow night's once-off derby for the Carling Black Label Cup at Soccer City. "I must say this is the best pre-season preparation I've ever had," said Majoro. "I feel fresh, the coach has really done his job."
Parker said the goal to win every trophy this season was common cause at the club: "Building team spirit and sharing a common goal is very important and plays a big role in preparing for the season. I believe we look sharper this pre-season than last pre-season ..."
Without referring directly to a more restrictive and temperamental regime under Vladimir Vermezovic, Parker said new coach Stuart Baxter had infused the players with ideas and had been open in his dealings with his charges. "He's given us a lot of glimpses into modern football with clips and other insights. We are learning something new every week," Parker said.
"It's important for Chiefs to win this game. There are no friendlies against Orlando Pirates. We are taking it serious and if we win it will put us in a positive frame of mind for the season.
"Playing at Chiefs means the pressure is always on and definitely we cannot repeat what happened last season," Parker added in reference to a barren campaign for AmaKhosi last season.