Muchichwa rallies Amakhosi

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The retired midfielder admits current form favours Pirates going into this fixture, but the ex-Zimbabwe international feels Chiefs have the opportunity to make a statement against the African Champions League finalists.

"This is the best time to show your qualities as a Chiefs player if you really want to show that you have the character associated with being a Chiefs player," Muchichwa says.

"It is times like these when Pirates is buzzing that you need to make use of the Soweto Derby to make a bold statement. 

"So I would like to see the Chiefs players standing up to be counted. There is nothing to fear. I have been in this situation before and all you need is the tenacity.

"It is a fact that Chiefs are not convincing at the moment but they must also show the same hunger that Pirates has shown in recent weeks. 

"Just as much as Pirates have gotten the exposure in Africa, Chiefs players must also be aware that they can also milk this contest by turning the tables. 

"Chiefs really need to rise to the occasion the same way Pirates have done in Africa.

"So I call on Chiefs players to double their efforts the same way Pirates have done in Africa. This is a game that needs players to put more effort and step up to the occasion by doing something special. 

"I am glad the Chiefs don’t even need to be reminded about how important this game is in their personal careers and to the pride of the club. Plus I am sure the training grounds at Naturena have been buzzing this week because all the players want to be involved in this fixture.  

"This is no ordinary game because once you play well in this fixture you might go on to have a brilliant season."

When pressed for a prediction, Muchichwa went for a draw at FNB Stadium.

"In this situation a lot of things favour so I will gladly take a draw though I must emphasise that you must never write Chiefs off," Muchichwa says.

"Chiefs can surprise you. I just hope Pirates doesn’t bring the attitude and form that they showed in their last few games."

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