Bernard Molekwa's Polokwane City eye Pirates in Telkom Knockout after drawing with Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 1 November 2017 Time: 08:45
Polokwane City coach Bernard Molekwa says their performance against Kaizer Chiefs has given them confidence that they can eliminate Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals on Saturday.
City fought hard to earn a point in a goalless league draw with high-flying Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium last night.
“We wanted three points, that first win at home. If you remember well we haven’t got a win at home except in the Telkom Cup whereby we won on penalties,” said Molekwa, whose side are 11th in the Premiership standings with 10 points from as many matches.
“But I think overall the boys fought hard. Chiefs is a big team. They came strongly at us but we managed to absorb that pressure. Chiefs had more chances than us but I believe we also had two clear chances where [Itumeleng] Khune made big saves. Maybe we could have stolen the three points.”
Although Rise and Shine are still without a home win this season Molekwa was pleased to record a clean sheet against the Glamour Boys.
“Honestly speaking it [clean sheet] is making me happy because we have been leaking goals a lot and now at least we are starting to shape up. It's coming slowly, it's something we are working on. We have to make sure we don’t concede because if you concede you don’t have a better chance of winning the match. But if you keep a clean sheet even the confidence of the players grows. I believe we can still do better.”
Molekwa is now counting on his charges to rise to the occasion when they visit Bucs at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
“Honestly we can build from [the performance against Chiefs]. To lose going to Pirates would not have been nice. I believe now the confidence is coming back and we believe we can do well against Pirates and probably go to the next round.”