Tower pressing Chiefs hard for top 8

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs will take the trip on the N1 north to Thohoyandou for a date with Black Leopards desperately in need of three points in their chase to sneak into the top eight.

The hosts are already on their deathbed and defeat against Chiefs on Wednesday would just about confirm their relegation back to the GladAfrica Championship after they survived last season.

For all the trouble Leopards are in, Chiefs are also in no mood for favours as they are faced with their own challenges.  

"We are going there for three points because we are not in a good position," says Erick Mathoho.

Finishing in the top eight is in Chiefs' hands but they need nothing less than nine points from the remaining three games against Leopards, Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy.

"We cannot undermine Leopards, so we have prepared for them aware that they are in relegation. We must take them seriously. That is why I am saying what we need most is the three points so that we get into the top eight," stresses the experienced defender.

"The three points is all that we need. It will not be easy, but we must fight. It will be big games because our target is to get into the top eight. We will fight strongly for this to happen and I would like to encourage our fans to keep on supporting us."   

Chiefs have only ever finished outside the top eight thrice through the PSL era years and in all those years they had finished either second or third in the previous campaign.

Last term they took the title race to the finishing line, but such has been their disappointing form this term that they have won just six out of 27 games.

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