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Tsepo Masilela has backed the senior players at Kaizer Chiefs to help bring silverware this season

Posted: 18 July 2017 Time: 19:00

Kaizer Chiefs defender Tsepo Masilela says senior players in the team will have a big role to play in the coming season to ensure Amakhosi finish the campaign with silverware in the cabinet. 

As a big fan of tennis, Masilela was inspired by 35-year-old Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon title triumph at the weekend – which took his tally of grand slams to 19 – and the veteran left-back now wants to help Chiefs win a trophy after a two-season drought with coach Steve Komphela.

“It’s important for me and the team to keep winning trophies. I have been here [at Chiefs] and we have won two league titles and two trophies [MTN8 and Nedbank Cup]. It’s amazing to win trophies and we want a repeat of that,” said Masilela, who was at Vodacom World on Tuesday to pack food parcels as part of Chiefs’ 67 minutes towards Mandela Day.

“I am a fan of tennis. I saw Roger Federer winning his 19th grand slam. At his age, people were starting to doubt him, so it gives me motivation to see him winning. So we will give it a push. We as a senior players have a role to play. We will have to lead through our performances because we are judged by performances on the field.”

He added: “Two seasons with no trophy is not good for a team like Kaizer Chiefs. But we have an opportunity to win something this coming season. Competition is tough and let’s see how it plays out in the first few games."

Masilela says they are looking to improve both defensively and offensively in the coming season.

“Obviously we can’t concede as much as we conceded, and at the times we conceded the goals. We conceded at crucial stages, so we must be able to close out games. We do score goals, but we can still improve in that department. We need to improve at both ends.”

Masilela is looking forward to the Carling Black Label Champions Cup against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on July 29, but he says they cannot get ahead of themselves if they win the pre-season encounter.

“We are filling our tanks for the new season. We are not just looking at the Pirates game. The expectations ahead of a derby are always high. Tickets are already sold out, so that says a lot about the magnitude of the game. We would love to win it for the fans.”

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