Moleko has one eye on Soweto Derby

Soweto Derby

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Chiefs are set to re-open their cup account with a fixture against ABC Motsepe League outfit Tornado FC at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane this Sunday.

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While Chiefs are without silverware in three-and-a-half seasons – since winning the Absa Premiership trophy back in May 2015, the Nedbank Cup presents another opportunity to rectify this.

It is also a cup The Glamour Boys have not lifted since 2013 under the tutelage of current Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, though they remain the most successful club having claimed 13 titles in the competition’s history.

Knowing their opening-round opponents are from two divisions lower, Moleko feels Sunday’s match presents a chance for Amakhosi to gain confidence heading up towards one of their biggest encounters of the season – the Soweto Derby, which is scheduled to take place on February 9.

“For us to approach this game is about building our confidence, taking every game as it comes. I think whoever will be playing is ready, and we are all ready,” said Moleko.

“This game will be important for us as we’ll be facing the Derby soon as well, so this game we need to take seriously.”

With their injury rate having spiked in recent weeks, Chiefs are set to be without the services of captain Itumeleng Khune, Erick Mathoho, Lebogang Manyama and Philani Zulu to name but a few.

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This will prompt numerous team changes in the Soweto Derby, and thus the players will need to gain as much momentum as possible heading towards the game with a well-oiled Pirates outfit, who are unbeaten in 24 matches in all competitions and 11 meetings with Chiefs since December 2014.

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