TS Galaxy coach Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela has issued a warning to Kaizer Chiefs supporters ahead of this weekend’s Nedbank Cup final in Durban.
Galaxy are currently preparing to come toe-to-toe with Chiefs as they hunt for their first trophy since the club’s inception at the start of the season.
With tickets for the Moses Mabhida Stadium spectacle sold out, it is expected 90 percent of these will be voicing their support for Amakhosi.
However, Malesela has assured they will be motivated rather than intimidated by the capacity crowd, adding that they always play better in a thundering atmosphere.
“We actually play better when there’s a crowd, and we play bad when there are no people. When we went to places like Cape Town, with very few people [in the stands], and we play bad. Then we go to Kameelrivier, there’s a massive crowd and we play better,” he said.
“I think our boys are motivated by crowds, because these boys are made to play football. You’ll never see us running without the ball, so they’ve gotten used to enjoying football.
So, when there’s a crowd, it motivates them more to shine.
“And I told them, ‘Look, any stage of football where you want to be seen or market yourself, is when there are a lot of people. If you can take that then you’re a good player.’”
Meanwhile, the former Orlando Pirates defender is also counting on the Buccaneers support, which he feels will be an advantage when playing against their Soweto rivals.
“That’s a plus for us, I’ve got a lot of people calling me – Pirates fans, Sundowns fans and supporting us. I think that’s good for us,” he added.