Blom set for landmark clash against Downs

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs’ rising star Njabulo Blom will reach a landmark fiftieth appearance for the club in under a year against title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

Blom has developed into an integral member of the Amakhosi first-team over the last 12 months and is set to reach a landmark half-century of appearances this weekend.

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The 21-year-old has also advanced to the international stage having made a substitute appearance for Bafana Bafana in a 1-0 win over Ghana in Monday’s World Cup qualifier.

A confident Blom said he was excited to face the defending league champions this weekend and make a valuable contribution to his Chiefs side.

"They are a very good team and comfortable on the ball. We will go out there as a team, work hard and grind for the result," Blom said.

"I think we will go out there and play our football while doing what the coach tells us to do because we have been trying to practice his new philosophy so I think we will go out there and apply whatever we were busy doing in training and try to get it right and try to play based on our talent.

"I am ready to play on Sunday and we will go out there and enjoy and try to get the best result possible. I’m fit and ready and since I came back yesterday, I have been pushing myself hard at training."

From starting off as a central midfielder Blom who is being utilised as a right-back by Stuart Baxter says he is open to contributing to the team in any capacity.

"I just give my best wherever the coach feels I should play be it in midfield or as a right-back," Blom added.

"I just go out there to enjoy and work hard. I must stay humble, focus and keep working hard. I get the support at home from my mom, my younger brother, my dad and my family all around along with my friends who also give me the support.

"But then mostly I try to keep my circle as minimal as possible. To be quite honest I don’t feel any pressure because the coach tells us to go there and enjoy and apply the things that we have been doing at training. Just go there and enjoy and try to help the team where I can."

Scroll through the gallery to see the most valuable combined XI consisting of players from Kaizer Chiefs & Mamelodi Sundowns

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