Shabba: A lot can still happen
Posted: 5 April 2018 Time: 17:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is adamant that anything is possible in the Absa Premiership title race and has defended the team’s goal-scoring form.
Currently in third position with five games left in the campaign, Amakhosi still regard themselves as championship challengers despite a sizeable gap between themselves and the front-runners.
Chiefs are still in search of their first trophy in three seasons under head coach Steve Komphela, who has reiterated his belief that all is not yet lost in the league race.
Having stayed within six and seven points of Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively, following their slender victory over Free State Stars on Wednesday, ‘Shabba’ also firmly believes that things can still change atop the standings.
“I think we’re in a difficult situation. There’s two teams ahead of us with a good gap, but we’re just focused on our own course,” said Tshabalala.
“We just had a great game last night – a much-needed victory, and there’s five games to go. You know, a lot can happen in that period.
“So, we just need to take it one game at a time. We cannot affect what’s happening on the other side, but we can be in control of our games.”
The Glamour Boys have stuttered on a number of occasions this season, registering eight goalless draws and scoring just 21 goals in their 25 league matches this season, with goals – such as the all-important one against Stars – regularly coming from dead-ball situations.
However, the 33-year-old has insisted that Chiefs are not a one-trick pony and instead resort to set-plays when things don’t go their way in open-play.
“If the goals are not coming in open-play, we have to resort to set-plays and make sure that when it comes to that we are deadly,” he added.
“We do create chances in open play but we don’t convert them, so we must be deadly on set-plays. Whenever we get a set-play we must make sure we at least convert one.”