Kaizer Chiefs utility man Philani Zulu is confident that the club will bounce back from their weekend’s loss in the MTN8 semifinal first leg with a good performance and result in their next game, which is a DStv Premiership clash against TS Galaxy.
For Zulu, the focus is definitely on TS Galaxy as Chiefs aim for a second successive league win. “This coming game is as important as any game we have played so far. We don’t have to dwell on anything else. If we focus on the negativity, it will affect us. We need to dust ourselves off and focus solely on the game in front of us,” he says.
Despite TS Galaxy in their current form being new to topflight football, Zulu warns against underestimating them. At the same time, he believes that Chiefs have the capacity to handle whatever will be thrown at them.
“As much as they are a new team in a sense, they will come at us like any other team that faces Chiefs,” cautions Zulu. They will bring their A team and come at us guns blazing. We will have to match that and give 110%. As much as we think about them, we also need to focus on ourselves and deliver the kind of performance which will give us a positive result.
“The coach and technical team will help us get through the pressure moments. We need everyone to be on the same page, and if we stick together, we will achieve our goals despite the disappointments and setbacks. It will take a lot of mental strength from us to do so but we go forward with a lot of positivity”.
Zulu has made three appearances in all competitions this season. He started Chiefs’ last two games and made one appearance as a substitute in the team’s first game of the season against his former team, Maritzburg United. He says he pleased to have gotten game time but is always looking towards contributing to the team’s success and going from strength to strength with each game.
“When you look at your performances, there is always room for improvement,” he adds. “There are times when you look back and think you could have done more. All that is good for future reference and to use it to give your best and have an impact. I have been happy and surprised in the way the coach has utilised me, which has made me a versatile player. Wherever I play, I just want to help the next person perform well – that is what teamwork is all about.”
Chiefs will square off against TS Galaxy in a league game for the first time. Their only other meeting game in the 2019 Nedbank Cup final. The game will be Chiefs third league game of the campaign so far.
Buildup for the game will begin on DStv channel 202 at 19:00, with commentary on SABC radio station at 19:30 when the game kicks off at FNB stadium. No fans are allowed at the stadium.
Source: KC web