Chiefs mean business
Chiefs mean business

Posted in News on Nov 20, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs, after tasting defeat in their only previous visit to the Coca-Cola Cup final, are so serious not to fail again when they take on Jomo Cosmos at FNB Stadium on Saturday that the players were not allowed to attend the pre-final press conference on Tuesday - ensuring their focus wasn't distracted in any way.

Chiefs will take on Jomo Cosmos in the R2 million club

competition at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Amakhosi' first attempt was in 1992 when they played AmaZulu but

they lost 3-1 to the Durban side.

Speaking at the conference, Chiefs spokesman Putco Mafani said

having lost in the final before has given them a greater incentive

to lift the title.

"We have tasted the final and we would love to win it this time.

We have forgotten about the Mandela Cup and are now focusing on the

Coca-Cola Cup."

Mafani played down suggestions that Cosmos were the underdogs

saying they were the best opponents based on results.

"We are playing one of the finest teams in the PSL at the moment

and that is why our players and coach are not here because they are

making extra preparations.

"The team that will win is the one with cup pedigree, whose

players love big events, and possess flair and character."

Cosmos on the other hand have only gone as far as the

quarterfinals in the competition but appear to be more relaxed and

allowed their captain Hilton Jordaan to attend the briefing.

Speaking on behalf of Cosmos, team manager Khwezi Masondo said

they were looking to create history.

"People must come and witness history, we are not interested in

the money factor as much but we are looking for the glory more than


"I'm not going to predict the winner but I will say that Cosmos

has ninety percent chance while Chiefs have ten percent."

Both teams have already pocketed R1 million by being the


The Premier Soccer League said gates would be opened at 10am and

security arrangements were finalised on Monday.

Only 64 000 tickets will be sold and none will be available at

the stadium.

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