panic over for chiefs

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

The MTN 8 first leg semifinal clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows will take place at Loftus Stadium as earlier scheduled.

Chiefs had to quickly think of alternative venues when the Tshwane stadium was said to be unavailable because of renovations.

But the matter was settled after the rumoured, and timely, intervention of Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa.

The match kicks off on Saturday at 8pm.

Chiefs and Swallows are three matches away from the R8 million prize money, and have promised that this will be an unforgettable event for both sets of fans.

Having produced a scintillating performance to score four goals against Santos to set up this clash, all eyes are on Chiefs to see if that was a fluke.

Amakhosi were no doubt rankled by endless mocking after they received a pasting by the same margin from Manchester United a couple of weeks ago.

A lot of credit for that victory has deservedly been piled on Gert Schalkwyk, but watching the whole team has been a revelation so far, and they should carry that form into the season.

Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung said his side, like the others who are still involved in this tournament, had been had at work preparing for Swallows.

"We are ready to go as far as we can, and also have our eye on the upcoming league. It's good that people regard the way we play as exciting," said Motaung.

Swallows acquired Brazilian coach Julio Cesar Leal and former Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy. They also have on their books one of the most talked about players at the moment in Lefa Tsutsulupa, whose performances have been crowned with a Bafana call-up.

Siya Sangweni, Swallows' spokesman, said his team was not scared of Muhsin Ertugral's charges, despite their fine form.

"We know they are flying high at the moment, but we would like to beat them. They are really performing right now, and it is going to be an uphill battle for us, but we will have an equal number of men on the field," said Sangweni.