Chiefs unfazed by Angolans
Chiefs unfazed by Angolans

Posted in News on Nov 14, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs mentor Muhsin Ertugral appeared calm and relaxed prior to the side’s departure to Luanda on Wednesday for a Mandela Cup final clash with Inter Luanda despite leaving behind one of his reliable defenders.

The match will be televised live on SuperSport 3 at 16:00.

Nhlanhla Kubeka picked up two yellow cards throughout the campaign and will miss one game – the first leg of the Mandela Cup final in Angola. "If I have to be worried them I would have been shattered when I only had 12 players," said Ertugral.

"I have 16 players, more than enough to do the job in Angola," enthused Ertugral. “All we have to do is stay focused and not commit unnecessary mistakes."

Ertugral was complimentary as he spoke confidently about his side’s chances in the Mandela Cup. Amakhosi are 90 minutes away from African glory and Ertugral believes with the right approach, his side can do it.

"It's going to be tough," said Ertugral. "Especial after the change in kick-off times but we have done our work tactically and all that is left is to implement that plan."

Ertugral conceded it was not going to be easy, as the match would be played on a bumpy pitch in hot conditions. The kick-off was suddenly switched from 17:00 (SA time) to 16:00.

"But, they are also going to play on the same bumpy pitch in the same hot conditions," he said. "We are confident we can do it but we have to face them with high respect. The are a good side and I am sure they will be under pressure as they are at home."

One thing though, Amakhosi will not be going to Luanda in a defensive mood. "That can be very dangerous," echoed Ertugral. "We will stick to our game plan and hope for a positive result knowing that we still have to play them at home."

Chiefs will rely on midfield talisman Arthur Zwane, who has played a crucial role in Amakhosi’s successful campaign. Another midfielder Thabo Mooki will also be expected to play a key role against the Angolans. Veteran Doctor Khumalo, who has been used sparingly throughout, is expected to start on the bench.

Kubeka, who missed the opening rounds of the campaign, as he was not registered, said it felt very strange to be out of the squad at this stage. "We have developed a relationship and great understanding at the back," he said. "And I feel very bad not to be with the team but we have a capable squad and they can do the job."

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