AHEAD of their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal match, Kaizer Chiefs coach, Vladimir Vermezovic found himself fielding questions about his future in Naturena.
He loves South Africa that he made clear to journalists. “I have a contract with Kaizer Chiefs that expires end of June. I love this country; South Africa is a beautiful place to stay in. I would like to be here,” he told reporters.
But the Chiefs mentor was non-committal. What he was clear about those is that he will ‘fight to the end’ – and part of that includes annexing the Nedbank Cup trophy.
In his three years in Naturena, Amakhosi have made it a habit to win at least one trophy per season. Until now, Chiefs have not won anything this season. This is a sore point for Vermezovic.
“I got information from my friends that the newspapers are saying Chiefs are talking to this coach and that coach. That doesn’t bother me.
“There is no pressure for me, I have said this a million times and I will repeat it again. It’s a pleasure to work here. Sometimes you (media) are the pressure because you ask me questions all the time. But there is no pressure but responsibility.
“We want to win the Nedbank Cup. We have a good team, people forget what we have achieved. The team that will play on Saturday has proved that they deserve to be here.
Chiefs will take on a motivated Free State Stars side at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane this weekend.
Stars, after their feat against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup last 16’s, cannot be underestimated. Under Steve Komphela – the eloquently spoken Bafana Bafana second in command, have flourished.
“I noticed on my first season here that team tend to up their performance against Kaizer Chiefs. I think this will be an interesting game. We have two games against them – one towards the end of the season (in the League). But my focus is in the Nedbank Cup right now.
“We have a couple of players out of the team with injuries but I believe the team that we have and some players will be out with yellow cards.-PSL Website.