Kaizer Chiefs ace Siphiwe Tshabalala targets SuperSport United scalp


Chiefs will face Matsatsantsa at Mbombela Stadium at 18h00, looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat at title rivals Cape Town City on Tuesday.

Amakhosi, with 45 points from 25 games, are five points adrift of pace-setting champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a match in hand.

“We are ready for them [SuperSport],” Tshabalala told his club's website. “We don’t dwell on the past results. What’s important is to focus on the next match. I am confident and looking at the attitude in the dressing room, it is positive.”

'Shabba' is aware the margin for error is minimal at this stage of the season.

“It is crunch time of the league. Every team is gunning for something. Our mission is still intact, and that’s to clinch the league title.”

The midfielder is mindful of the Amakhosi supporters' heavy expectations.

“There is a lot at stake. We have a badge to represent. We are representing the brand and the aspirations of the supporters. It is a privilege as well as a huge responsibility that we are carrying and we must uphold that by showing hunger on the pitch. I am optimistic we are going to win this one.”

In team news, first-choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune faces a late fitness test with a hip problem, meaning Bruce Bvuma could make his second appearance following his debut against City.

Fullbacks Kgotso Moleko (calf) and Sibusiso Khumalo (thigh strain) have been ruled out through injury, but fellow defender Lorenzo Gordinho is available again after serving a one-match ban.