Ngcobo up for Wydad challenge

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is hoping their Soweto Derby triumph will provide the revitalisation they need for the rest of the term following what has largely been a disappointing season.

The immediate lift that Chiefs need is for their CAF Champions League campaign, which needs them to bring down Group C leaders Wydad Casablanca this weekend to enhance their knockout stage qualification ahead of the last match away at Horoya.

Though it is over 10 days since that win over Orlando Pirates, it still records as the last match Chiefs played, thus the reference.

"That was not an easy game and we were happy that we managed to get all three points. That will also boost our confidence and momentum going forward. We just have to keep the spirit and keep going," says Ngcobo, who has been a bright light in a dim campaign for the club and is certain to be included in the Olympic Games squad.

"I think I am improving with every game but just need to stay focused and make sure that I work on those small weaknesses and also improve on my strengths so that I can the team even more."

However, priority for this week is making sure that they find ways of draining all three points from Wydad Casablanca at FNB on Saturday and Ngcobo is confident of that even though they suffered a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.

"They are obviously a good team, but we just have to make sure that we prepare very well. I am confident that we can beat them. They just capitalised on the chances that they got [in the reverse fixture] and the little mistakes that we committed which led to them getting the ball into the back of our nets. We still have a big chance and must just make sure that we win the two games that are left.

"I think that they will have to be careful playing away. They won the first game, but we must make sure that we go at them so that we win the game. The spirit of the team is high, and we know that we can win the games that we are left with. We just have to be confident and keep pushing."

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