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Steve Komphela adamant over Kaizer Chiefs' title hopes

Posted: 4 April 2018 Time: 09:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says his side "will not pull any punches" when they face Free State Stars in the Absa Premiership this evening.

Amakhosi will tonight visit Goble Park for the first of two meetings with Ea Lla Koto before the end of the season, with the other being a cup semi-final clash in a few weeks' time.

Having won just one of their previous six league encounters, Komphela feels it is crunch-time for everyone in the league race and urges a positive turn-around from his charges this evening.

“We are going all out for a win. We are on a must-win-all plan for the remaining six league fixture," Komphela told his club's website.

"It is the final lap and all the teams are making a final push. Some want to win the league, to play in the African Champions League. There’s the Top 8 and others want to avoid relegation. So it is game on.

“It is six matches to go – 18 points to play for. The message to the team is clear: Be professional about it until the ‘fat lady’ sings. We want to play good football and get a result tonight."

Coming off a morale-boosting cup quarterfinal win over Baroka over the weekend, Komphela hopes his side's fortunes in front of goal turn for the better tonight despite having had just one training session in preparation for the game.

“We are looking at a continuation after booking a win in last Saturday’s cup game. We hope lady luck will add to the chances that we create and that, as a result, we will score more goals," he added.

“We've had one training session since the Nedbank Cup game – that’s not much, but we have recovered and are ready for Stars.

"They are competing well and their log position tells a story of their season so far. They play as a team. Siphelele Mthembu, who played for us, is doing well and another threat is Sinethemba Jantjie."

Komphela also insists they will not prioritize the cup ahead of the league, and will take both games against the Bethlehem-based outfit equally serious.

"That we will face them soon again in a cup match will have no impact on today’s encounter. There is a lot at stake, as both league and cup matches are equally important," Komphela stressed.

"We will not pull any punches; we will have a full swing at them. Of course, the psychological impact of having a league and a cup match against Free State Stars in a short space of time will be there, but we are professional enough to know that every game is as important."

Kick-off of tonight's match is scheduled for 19h30.

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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