Maluleka looks to maintain momentum

Steve Komphela's side produced a disjointed showing in the first-half of the Absa Premiership season but a run of four successive wins, most recently over Maritzburg United last Saturday, could be proof of a watershed moment for both Chiefs and their coach this term.

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A lot of the credit for Amakhosi's turnaround in form has gone to the more senior players, like Maluleka, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Willard Katsande, and the midfielder, is determined to pick up where they left off against Maritzburg United when they host the Lions of the North.

"I think it'll be very, very good for us to get maximum points again in that game," said Maluleka, who was named man of the match against the Team of Choice.

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"But it will not be easy and you saw on Saturday [against Maritzburg] it was very difficult but the team is doing very well.

"We're working together, we're gelling, we're peaking at the right time and hopefully against Highlands Park we'll do the same thing. But as I said, it's not going to be easy and we just have to make sure that we pick up where we left off again."

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With Chiefs now firmly back in the Premiership title race, having closed the gap at the top to just one point, the mood at Naturena is a much more positive one, especially after the heavy criticism coach Komphela had endured during their early-season wobbles.

And former SuperSport United midfielder Maluleka says the spirit in the camp is now reaching fever pitch on the back of their four league wins.

"The spirit is lot higher in the camp, and we're dreaming, and the team is doing well and it's a good thing," he added.

"It always a nice feeling to win and we're going into the next game confident. It's very good thing for the team and the momentum as well."

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