KAIZER Chiefs will not want to drop any points when they host Moroka Swallows in a Soweto derby clash in an Absa Premiership match at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Wednesday evening, kick-off at 7.30pm
The Mighty Amakhosi are presently in third place on the league table with 39 points, five adrift of the league leaders Orlando Pirates, but they have a game in hand.
That game is being played against the Dube Birds and they can ill afford to drop any points and their striker Sthembiso Ngcobo is well aware of that.
“It is very tight at the top of the league and we cannot lose any game. We want to make sure we keep the pressure on and the only way to do that is to keep winning. But we are taking it one game at a time. We are focussed on Swallows right now,” confirmed the striker.
Chiefs have been in fine form of late and have gone their last five games unbeaten which has seen them pick up 13 out of a possible 15 points. The Amakhosi’s last match saw them come from behind twice to register a 3-2 win over Platinum Stars.
On his team’s performance Ngcobo said, “I think the whole team played well and we showed real spirit to fight back. It was important for us to keep winning and the two goals scored by Kaizer (Motaung Jnr) were brilliant.”
On the upcoming match against Swallows Ngcobo admits it will be no easy feat, “Swallows are in real trouble at the moment at the wrong end of the table and they will be fighting to get away from the relegation zone. That will make them dangerous and the fact that it is a derby game adds to the match, but we are ready for them. We have prepared hard and are hungry for the victory.”
Moroka Swallows will come into this match with renewed vigour after registering a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in their last league outing. That was only their third win of the season and it saw them pull within four points of the team above them, but with a game in hand.
Following the win Birds coach, Gorden Igesund, admits the mood in the camp is lifting, “When you get a win there is always a new vibe and strength at training.”
Still, Igesund knows the match against Chiefs will be a difficult one, “I know that it will be tough.
Chiefs have shown over the past couple of games that they can grab goals from anywhere. We are going to try and attack them and will go to the game aiming to win. The good situation for us is that we are starting to create good chances on goal of our own.”
Going into the match Igesund also believes he has potted some weaknesses in the Chiefs team, “They are vulnerable in certain areas, and you saw that they conceded two goals in the Stars’ game. We will look to attack their weak areas.”
In head-to-head terms, Swallows and Chiefs have met 52 times in the league since 1985. The Amakhosi have won more than half (76) of those encounters and suffered just 11 defeats, outscoring the Birds 71 goals to 39.
Last season, however, Swallows took four points off Chiefs, winning 2-1 away and drawing 0-0 at home. Still, in their earlier season fixture Chiefs won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Abia Nale in the second minute of the match.
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