Kaizer Chiefs go into the Nedbank Cup Last 32 cautiously optimistic to progress to the next round at the expense of NFD side Stellenbosch FC. Amakhosi will face Stellenbosch at Cape Town’s Athlone Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off is at 20:15).
History has taught the Glamour Boys to take matches against lower division sides seriously and this is the message that the coach and his technical team presented to the players in their pre-match talk on Friday morning.
In 2009 and 2011, Amakhosi got shocked when they were knocked out by second division sides, respectively Tuks and Baroka FC.
Stellenbosch have experienced players, including their goalkeeper Washington Arubi, and they have an excellent coaching staff with Sammy Troughton and Steve Barker.
There’s also their first division position to ponder for coach Steve Komphela. Stellenbosch beat second placed Black Leopards 2-1 in their previous match and are now occupying fourth position on the log.
Chiefs try to take their league form of being unbeaten for eight games to Athlone Stadium.
Komphela’s talk to the squad on Friday morning was a mixture of learning from history, while not losing focus on the future. Coach Komphela has always maintained that the most important game is the next one.
There are no injuries or suspensions in the Amakhosi camp ahead of the match.
Athlone Stadium will be the centre of attraction for the Chiefs supporters come Saturday evening.