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‘We can stop Kaizer Chiefs' 'Gautrain' and 'Malema’, says Thabang Matuka

Posted: 1 October 2014 Time: 21:00

Thabang Matuka admits it will be difficult but believes Maritzburg United can break down Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout Cup depsite losing to them last Saturday by a solitary goal.

Chiefs beat Maritzburg courtesy of a Mandla Masango penalty in a tactical and tightly contested Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium at the weekend.

The Team of Choice will face Amakhosi, who are riding high after winning the MTN8 and going 11 games unbeaten, at the same venue again on Saturday. It has been suggested in some quarters that it is difficult to find a weakness in Stuart Baxter's side.

However, the 24-year-old from Bloemfontein has warned that Chiefs should be ready because this game is a different ball-game as it is knockout competition and they have players who can unbalance Chiefs and cut off their onslaught.

"It is about us going there and expressing ourselves and doing well for the club," Matuka says.

"They want to continue doing well in the cups and we want to prove ourself that we can compete with them, even though they are on top form, and it is not about the revenge of last week.

"There is no change as such [in approach]. It will be different in terms of how we approach this game. Of course they are compact and apply the pressure and they do not leave spaces to counter-attack but that doesn't mean we can't find holes in there," adds the former Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits man.

Matuka, who made his debut in 2011, added that it will be difficult to stop Chiefs playing as they have gained the early momentum of winning matches.

"There have high confidence because they are winning so it will be kind of difficult for us to stop them as they work as a unit. But I think we are going to stop the 'Gautrain' and the 'Malema' combination that has been doing the rounds. We gonna go there and stop all this talks that have been said about them.

"It is a good feeling to be where they are and, as a player, you look at people of that nature. I hope we will have the confidence to inspire ourselves and I can promise you, we will be imbued and prepared to get something from them."

Amakhosi, who last won the Telkom Knockout trophy in 2011 under now Orlando Pirates coach Vladmir Vermezovic, will be without the services of their experienced right-back Siboniso Gaxa due to suspension.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-10-01 19:04:00

Can it be harder than it was last week? I don't think so!

posted: 2014-10-01 19:12:47

So u r aware of MALEMA?u should b worried vele,we know Khomphela will make it difficult but bottom line is u will again get your ass whipped#ForeverWinners!!

Comrade lokho
posted: 2014-10-01 19:14:08

This is where you gonna get a heavy score drabbing my friend. You are right its gonna be a different ball game and its gonna be a challenge to you guys

deleted_21046280_chief inspector
posted: 2014-10-01 19:14:15

Se ni thambile from last week, this week ke tsamaya fela.

posted: 2014-10-01 19:15:06

I don't like entertaining wishes and hopes, but I feel this guy... everyone want to drive a gautrain but end up cleaning it. All want to drive a Ferrari but never even get to see one

posted: 2014-10-01 19:27:40

Wishful thinking. ..

Champions League Metal
posted: 2014-10-01 19:29:53

There would be no dubious penalty this time around. Fair play will prevail and we saw last season CHIPS drawing with Maritzburg then train crashed.

football lover
posted: 2014-10-01 19:34:41

Here we go again. Teams talking themselves up against the mighty amakhosi. People never learn. Stupidity is doing the same thing hoping for a different result.

Love and peace.

homeless cow
posted: 2014-10-01 19:36:44

Robin Duke Madlala you are a Zebra fan editor. "Its non of my business kodwa"

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-10-01 19:40:45

All this talk... Just stop them already . Pirates also did the same and came back crying. #FriendsOfSteve

posted: 2014-10-01 19:41:04

Who is this palooka now???What does he know bwt gautrain???Go ask the likes of Meyiwa,Klate and VV what we do to loudmouths..

posted: 2014-10-01 19:43:23

I think u got a bad dream wena mybe yo house got sme Gundwanz n thy r making noise dats y yo dream is mess nje uphupha izilwane hambokhipha inyongo....@Champions league Metal/Medal

posted: 2014-10-01 19:44:05

Go sleep chief,VV is still on the lookout of your players, he couldn't find them on Saturday

posted: 2014-10-01 19:44:48

Ask Aces n Stars wht do we do to de teams dat we play dem in de row. 1 ws not good enuogh come Sat it wll rain goals

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-10-01 19:46:30

Tell the truth u support Chiefs wena ntwana nhe..

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-01 19:46:44

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club....izinja zegame.

I smell a clean sweep this season..

posted: 2014-10-01 19:49:52

First of all boy we don't know who you are. Introduce yourself first, secondly learn to close your mouth when you don't have anything better to say.

posted: 2014-10-01 19:52:40

Hey Matuka go and ask our MTN8 deputy champions. they would tell you to respect...

posted: 2014-10-01 19:54:50

Come saturday after 22:00 u will batized boy

Nkombose ka Baba
posted: 2014-10-01 20:07:40

Who is this now?

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