KAIZER Chiefs midfield hardman, Tinashe Nengomasha, admits they want to put the smile back on the Amakhosi fan’s faces ahead of their Absa Premiership clash against Black Leopards on Sunday afternoon.
The match is scheduled to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, kick-off at 15h30.
Presently lying fourth on the PSL table after a 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows in their last league encounter, Nengomasha knows the fans will not be happy unless the Phefeni Glamour Boys get a win on Sunday.
“We are definitely looking to bounce back from the loss to Arrows and bringing back the most important thing from the game is the three points.
“We want to put a smile on the supporters’ faces and the only way to do that is with a win,” said the Zimbabwean international.
Nengomasha, though, knows it will be no easy feat to overcome a Leopards side that have only managed one win in the league season thus far and are 13th on the log. Furthermore, up against Chiefs the midfielder knows teams always give that little bit of extra effort.
“It is always tough, but we are up for the challenge, we have prepared well and victory only lasts preparation.
“Clubs want to prove a point when they play us; that Chiefs are not the best. And we approach every game with that mentality, knowing that if they give 100 percent we must be prepared to give 250 percent. As long as we take the field with that mentality I promise you nothing will break us,” suggested Nengomasha.
And according to statements from Leopards Raymond Monama in midweek, the newly promoted PSL team will be exerting themselves more than normal.
“We have been training well and everyone is excited because we will be playing against Kaizer Chiefs. In these big games, the motivation comes naturally because of the quality of the opposition. Chiefs will not have it easy,” commented Monama.
The Leopards midfielder also added that fear was not an option against the Amakhosi, “It will be a fierce battle because we are not afraid of them. We will take advantage of their weaknesses, which we are aware of.”
The last time these two teams met in the PSL was back in the 2007/08 season and of those two fixtures the Lidoda Duvha got the better of the Soweto Giants claiming four points from the two league outings, a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win.
Still, Chiefs have traditionally dominated fixtures between these two sides and playing at the Peter Mokaba Stadium will only benefit Chiefs says Nengomasha.
“Even though it is their home game, it will feel like it is ours. We have a great following in Polokwane and play some of our home matches there. The fans will be behind us and we will get the win,” concluded ‘The General’-Backpagepix