Molangoane: Chiefs' title race on track


Steve Komphela’s men showed good character over the weekend to come from 1-0 down and defeat Polokwane City 2-1, to register their first win at FNB Stadium this season.

Molangoane put in a fine display at right wingback as he set Dumisani Zuma up for Chiefs’ winning goal in the second half, and subsequently picked up his third man of the match accolade this season.

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The 29-year-old attributed his performance to the work done in training, and believes the result, which moved them up to fourth place on the log, put them back on track in the championship race, as they now trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by five points.

“We have targets to meet. There’s nothing much that I have changed in my approach. I have accepted a new role in the team and [am] seizing the moment,” Molangoane told his club’s website.

“I am glad to be able to reproduce in the game what we practised during the week – it all starts at training. We plan for the game and play according to the coach’s instructions.

“We just love it when the plan comes together. I was in a good space, I played a one-two pass with Siphelele Ntshangase and crossed to find Zuma, who scored.

“I am glad we won the match and remain in the hunt to win the league.”

‘Tight’ admits Rise and Shine were a tough nut to crack, and hopes to continue contributing to the improvement and success of his team.

“They [City] came prepared and on a high from the win in their previous match. They scored a beauty from a set play but that didn’t deter us from focusing on winning the match,” he added.

“You could see they wanted to win despite playing away. They were not conservative, they played with purpose, [and] we had to put in extra effort to overcome them.

“I am glad to contribute to the bigger picture in the team. It is [a] work in progress for me and the team, and we are looking forward to the next game with the intention to improve and keep up the momentum.”

Amakhosi next face a tough test against Baroka, who they have failed to beat in four previous competitive meetings, at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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