Shabba gearing up for Downs


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Amakhosi, who edged ailing AmaZulu 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in midweek, will next host fifth-placed Downs at FNB Stadium on November 22.

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And Tshabalala is drawing encouragement from Chiefs' commanding start to the season, which has yielded MTN8 success and nine victories and a draw from 10 League games.

The Glamour Boys' only defeat to date came on penalties to Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals last month.

"We only dropped two points in the draw against Swallows. It is an impressive record and I hope that we can keep it up," Tshabalala told his official website.

"This will help motivate the players as our next challenge is a huge one. On November 22 we take on defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns. It will be a home game for us and we do believe that we can get positive results in that fixture.

"What we have achieved so far is good and impressive, but now we have to move on. Hard work and dedication, belief and faith will carry us far."

Meanwhile, Tshabalala expressed relief with his team's narrow win over Usuthu. Man of the Match George Lebese completed a brace in injury time after Bafana Bafana striker Bongani Ndulula struck first in Durban.

'Shabba' had a hand in Lebese's winner, as his free-kick hit the crossbar before his teammate tapped in on the rebound.

"What a game we played against AmaZulu on Wednesday night. It was a tough fixture as expected but team effort and a never giving up attitude earned us a victory and three points.

"It was very intense and boy was I relieved when we scored the winning goal in the dying moments of the game. It was literally the last kick of the game and when my buddy Reneilwe Letsholonyane was brought down some 30 yards from the goals, I knew that I had to deliver a good free-kick.

"I tried my best to curl it with power while keeping it on target. The rest was fate playing its role as it hit the post and fell openly for the sharp George Lebese who put it away for the win. So like I said, we did our best on the night and believed that we would come back after going a goal down and the best results came our way."