George Maluleka highlight Kaizer Chiefs team spirit and togetherness
Posted: 13 October 2016 Time: 16:08
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka believes the team spirit at the club has improved with the recent run of results that has elevated them to the top of the PSL standings.
Chiefs endured a difficult start to the new season, losing their opening two games in all competitions before picking up a point in their third, but have since gone on to win all of their last three league games.
The anxiety that was created by that discouraging start has since been replaced by tranquillity, with Amakhosi now feeling settled, says Maluleka.
“We needed a little bit of luck here and there, but mostly I think the guys are more together now," Maluleka told reporters on Thursday morning.
"We were always together, but I think the team spirit is now a lot higher and we are willing to fight until the death."
The 27-year-old midfielder has admitted to how difficult it was digesting their lacklustre start, however, he is encouraged by the fact that they have managed to turn the corner.
“I think it is always difficult when you start badly in the league, especially in the first game and especially when you are a brand like Kaizer Chiefs," he added.
"However, we have managed to turn the corner, even though it has really been difficult. Now we need to maintain the consistency in the way that we have been playing.
"It is always challenging but we have a squad of players that are very good and able to handle that pressure."
Next up for Chiefs, in their mission of maintain their position at the top of the table, is a home match against Ajax Cape Town, which they have opted to take to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.
A win over the Urban Warriors, provided Golden Arrows don't win by a larger margin at home to Chippa United earlier on in the day, will guarentee Steve Komphela's side top spot for at least another two weeks.
“When you know that if you win a game you can be able to stay on top, it is a huge confidence booster in the sense that you want to go out guns blazing because you know what is at stake.
"We obviously want to maintain top spot but this game will not be an easy one. Having said that, we know what we need to do to make sure we come away with all three points.
“Most importantly, if we don’t concede we are most likely to win the game and get a positive result. Then obviously sticking together and sticking to the game plan plays a very big role in that too.
"So I think if we stick together and make sure that we don’t concede, especially in the first half, then we will have put ourselves in a position where we can say we have a chance to win the game,” concluded the former SuperSport United playmaker.
Kick-off of the clash on Saturday evening has been scheduled for 18h00.