Philani Zulu admits surprise by early Kaizer Chiefs opportunity, targets win over Baroka
Posted: 30 September 2017 Time: 13:28
Kaizer Chiefs defender Philani Zulu has admitted his opportunity came unexpectedly, and says their only aim against Baroka is to bag the three points.
Zulu arrived on a pre-contract from Maritzburg United at the start of the season, after a fallout with the club over their failure to agree on a new deal saw him in limbo for most of the 2016/17 campaign.
Now, having settled in and found his feet at Naturena, the 24-year-old left-back has already managed five appearances thus far, largely due to injuries to Tsepo Masilela and Sibusiso Khumalo, and admits the opportunity came unexpectedly.
“It’s been a great experience [being at Chiefs]. Growing up I supported the team and I was wishing that one day I would be part of the team,” said Zulu.
“Eventually it happened through all my prayers, now that I’m here I just have to make the most of it and help the team as much as I can.
“I wasn’t expecting to be in the team so soon because, for example, Tsepo Masilela is one of the players I looked up to, and I was still willing to learn more from him as an experienced player.
“So to play so early in the season was unexpected, but I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to just keep on doing my best for the team."
Amakhosi will today play host to Baroka, who they have yet to register a win against in three previous meetings dating back to the infamous Nedbank Cup clash in 2011 which the then NFD outfit won 2-1.
Zulu is under no illusion of what lies ahead against the Limpopo-based outfit, who are currently unbeaten and joint top of the Absa Premiership standings, but backs his side’s game-plan.
“It’s going to be a very tough game, they’ve been doing well since the season started. They also said it themselves, ‘when we play Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates or Sundowns, we don’t need motivation.’
“The game in itself is a motivation for them, so we’re expecting them to come out on a high but we also have our own game-plan on how to face that. Our motivation is to go into the international break with three points,” he concluded.