‘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.