Reyaad Pieterse backs Kaizer Chiefs to turn the corner
Posted: 6 December 2016 Time: 16:27
SuperSport United goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse says it is painful for him to see his former team Kaizer Chiefs struggling in the league this season, but hopes that they will bounce back soon.
Pieterse left Chiefs at the end of last season to link up with his former coach Stuart Baxter at SuperSport, and is confident that the tables will turn around for Amakhosi.
“I feel for coach Steve [Komphela]. For me, [he is] one of the best and most humble people I ever met in my life,” Pieterse said.
“It's a tough [situation to be in]. At the end of the day everybody wants to beat Chiefs. Every game that Chiefs play is a cup final because players are trying to market themselves against them, especially teams like Bloemfontein Celtic and Highlands Park.
“At the end of the day, Chiefs and [Orlando] Pirates are the biggest teams in the country, including Sundowns now.
It's not nice to see them not doing as well as I know they can, but I do think the tables will turn and they will bounce back from this.”
The 24-year-old stopper, who is expected to be between the sticks when Matsatsantsa meet Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday, is expecting end-to-end action at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
“Both teams want to win this trophy and we are both playing good football," he conceded. "I don't want to write anyone off. I will never be over-confident, [because] it is 0-0 [at the start of the match].
“It is not going to be easy, but we know what we are going to do and we just need to rise up on the day.”
Kick-off of the clash is set for 18h00.