Teenage Hadebe defends Kaizer Chiefs' league form


Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe has come to the defence of their recent run of form and is wary of facing relegation-threatened sides in their remaining games.

Chiefs’ struggles are on the verge of reaching a new low as they face the threat of missing out on a top-eight spot for the first time in 12 years.

Though they’ve marched all the way to the Nedbank Cup final, Amakhosi’s league form leaves a lot to be desired, having failed to win any of their last five encounters.

With two Absa Premiership games remaining, they now need to claim all six points to also avoid a record low points tally, which was previously set at 42 back in the 2006/07 season.

“For now, we’re focussing on the league because we have to take one game at a time, and

we know Free State Stars and Chippa United are both fighting relegation,” said Hadebe.

“For them to be safe, they need to beat us; for us to be in the top eight, we must win these two games. And it’s difficult to talk about this because it’s sad and painful to be beaten.

“Seeing ourselves sitting on position seven for long, it’s sad for a team like Kaizer Chiefs, so as players we’re having pressure, but we’re used to playing under pressure anyway, so we have to just remove ourselves from there [position seven].”

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean centre-back insists their focus has not be skewed towards the cup but their problems in the league are ones that can be fixed as they build towards the final in two weeks’ time.

“We do want to win, but sometimes things don’t go well and according to how the coach has planned. Sometimes we’ll be struggling to score,” he added.

“But I believe we can fix it. You can see Chiefs always dominate games, and in terms of chances, so I’m confident we’ll fix it and win these two remaining games.

“I also believe that when we go to the Nedbank Cup, we’re going to try our best because it’s going to be a first trophy for me at Chiefs.”

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