Moon: It's not about beautiful football
Posted: 15 February 2018 Time: 16:00
Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon says all their remaining games this season are like cup finals, while adding that it’s no longer about playing attractive football.
With the final stretch of the Absa Premiership race drawing closer, the pressure is building for what is expected to be a thrilling climax at the end of the season.
The Nedbank Cup is also in full swing, with the last 16 teams having been confirmed on Wednesday night, and Amakhosi fans are anxiously awaiting their team’s fate.
The club are three months shy of reaching the three-year mark since winning their last piece of silverware, which was the league trophy at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Moon, who seems to have found his feet at Naturena this season – scoring four goals in his last five games, admits the team are in for a gruelling test of character and strength, as they look to go the distance in both remaining competitions.
“We’ve got 10 league games plus the cup, so every game is as important as a cup final to us,” said Moon.
“It feels good to score, but even better to be back on the field again. I just want to take it one game at a time, and the most important thing is helping the team get three points.
“Whether I score or not – obviously, I do want to score – it’s about picking up as many points as we can. It’s important that we keep going and building on our momentum.”
Chiefs next face title rivals Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening, with the hopes of gaining ground on log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 21-year-old goal-poacher stresses the importance of collecting points ahead of trying to play a brand of football that’s attractive to the eye, if they are to remain in contention.
“It’s going to be a difficult game this weekend, Cape Town City is a great team and they play good football,” Moon added.
“I think the most important thing now is that we’re at the business end of the league, where we’ve got 10 games left, and we’ve got to win them no matter how.
“Even if we play ugly football, we have to take the three points and move on. It’s not about playing beautiful football at this stage.
“Now it’s about picking up maximum points and we’ve got to stick with the chasing pack – Sundowns and Pirates – so it’s important for us to win, no matter how.”