Nzama returns
Nzama returns

Posted in News on Jan 03, 2002.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Cyril Nzama, who was dropped after the Soweto derby after failing to follow instructions, has been given a reprieve and will be available for selection when Amakhosi take on Wits University in a Castle Premiership clash at Royal Bafokeng on Saturday, kick-off 18:00.

Coach Muhsin Ertugral says he had a long chat with the star defender and feels the matter has been satisfactorily resolved and that Nzama deserves another chance. "We had a long chat," says Ertugral.

"And I believe Cyril was only trying to do his best for the team. Yes he did not follow instructions but he did not mean it in a bad way."

Nzama was subsequently dropped from the team and sent to train with the Academy as he missed two league matches against AmaZulu and Moroka Swallows.

"The team was under a lot of pressure and he wanted to make an impact on the game. But that it not how things were to be done as players must stick to instructions," says Ertugral.

Three key players will miss the clash against Wits due to injury and coach Ertugral blasted the referees once more for not protecting players. Sensational midfielder Jabu Pule was stretched off the field following a reckless challenge by George Lekgetho and the Amakhosi star will watch Wits clash from the stands.

"It makes me very angry that we lose key players due to unnecessary injuries. I said this before that our referee do not protect the players and this is killing the game," says Ertugral.

"The sad thing is that the same injury has cost Jabu a place in the national team to the African Nations Cup. If the standard of the game is to improve, referees must also do their part and protect players," he says.

Midfielder Stanton Fredericks is also battling with the injury he sustained in the game against Pirates after being hacked down by Warren Lewis. Defender Gary Goldstone is also out with injury and will need a couple of weeks to recover.

Injuries aside, Amakhosi has a tough task at hand as they attempt to lift the championship. That task resumes on Saturday against an unpredictable Wits side.

"Without any doubt, Wits are a good side," says Ertugral. "They have proved that last year and we cannot afford to underestimate them."

Chiefs will, according to latest PSL fixtures, play six games this month and seven in February. "There's nothing much we can do about that situation," says Ertugral. "One thing I am very happy about is the fact that the team is back in high spirits and everyone is very positive."

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