Chiefs out to make amends
Chiefs out to make amends

Posted in News on Nov 18, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs go into their Castle Premiership clash against AmaZulu at Ellis Park on Tuesday night hoping for a change of luck following three successive defeats.

The match will be live on SuperSport 3 at 20:00.

While defender Nhlanhla Kubeka returns from suspension, Amakhosi will still be without midfield maestro Jabu Pule, who is still suspended.

Chiefs will also have to make do without another inspirational midfielder Stanton Fredericks who was stretched off the field against Orlando Pirates following an innocuous challenge by Warren Lewis.

Defender Patrick Mabedi and midfielder Arthur Zwane will also miss the AmaZulu encounter. “Arthur is very exhausted and we must give him time to rest,” said coach Muhsin Ertugral. “Mabedi has problems with his knee and also needs time to recover.”

Following defeats to SuperSport United (2-3), then Hellenic (1-0), Chiefs were handed their heaviest defeat of so far going down 3-0 to archrivals Pirates on Saturday.

AmaZulu will not be easy customers following their morale-boosting 2-1 home victory against Wits University over the weekend. It was their first win under new coach Neil Tovey and second overall in 16 fixtures. The Durban side is still deep in the drop zone.

While Ertugral admitted that he was to blame for the loss against Pirates, he was particularly critical of some players for not sticking to the plan.

“The loss had nothing to do with players being tired or bigheaded,” said Ertugral. “It’s very unfortunate that some players decided to cook their own soup.”

“Our defence was always caught out of play and this made it difficult for the rest of the team,” lamented Ertugral.

Defender Cyril Nzama will join the long list of players who will not be available for AmaZulu. “He needs time to rest and think more about his approach to the game,” said Ertugral.

After AmaZulu, Chiefs will once again be at home to log-leaders Moroka Swallows on Saturday and if they are to mount a serious challenge of the Premiership title, they will have to start collecting maximum points, starting with AmaZulu.

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