‘Chiefs will give us a tough time’
Posted: 31 October 2017 Time: 10:15
Polokwane City defender Thabiso Semenya expects a hard-running game against Kaizer Chiefs in Polokwane tonight, but says they are ready for battle.
City host Amakhosi in an Absa Premiership clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium (19h30), with both sides having regained form of late.
Semenya has watched Chiefs closely in recent weeks and has seen how dangerous they are with the system coach Steve Komphela is using at the moment.
Amakhosi have been a threat going forward with their wingbacks Joseph Molangoane and Philani Zulu always looking to get into the opposition's half. Siphiwe Tshabalala is another who is full of running and can keep defenders on their toes.
“They have been changing their systems, so as a defender you need to guard against that. When they attack, you worry as a defender. They are quick going forward, so we need to be wary of the confidence they have at the moment,” Semenya tells KickOff.com.
“In terms of movement they are good. Some players come in and some go out. When they attack, they use a 3-5-2 formation and when they defend it’s 5-4-1. If something has been working for them, I don’t think they will change it. We are ready for them.”
On their recent trip to Durban, City collected four points in two matches, beating AmaZulu before playing to a draw with Golden Arrows. Rise and Shine needed a penalty shootout to overcome Ajax Cape Town in the Telkom Knockout last 16 on Saturday.
Despite the promising signs, Semenya feels they are yet to turn the corner.
“I don’t think we have turned the corner, but we are making good progress. This one is going to be interesting. Games differ in terms of the team you play against and the pressure.”