Kaizer Chiefs legend Siphiwe Tshabalala has advised Amakhosi ahead of their eagerly anticipated match against Limpopo outfit Baroka United on Saturday afternoon.
The Glamour boys will be looking to end their five-year trophy drought with a win over Bagkagka ba Mphahlele on the final day of the Absa Premiership season
Chiefs are currently at the summit of the South African top-flight with only three foals separating them with second-placed Sundowns who’ll be facing relegation-threatened Black Leopards at the same time.
“This is the final lap. It’s all about those 90 minutes. Of course, the coach will do the line-up and discuss the tactics with the team,’ Tshabalala said.
“But thereafter it’s up to every player to do the job. Everyone has a role to play, Including the guys who won’t start. My advice to the players: ‘Go out and enjoy’.
“It’s a big year for the Kaizer Chiefs as it’s a club’s 50th anniversary year. It is, however, crucial that the player doesn’t get upright.”
The Soweto giants made it clear from the start of the season that restoring Glory days and lifting the title would be their primary objective as they look to mark their 50th anniversary with the silverware.
‘Shabba’ feels his former teammates have enough experience to call upon to prevent ‘La Decima’ for the Brazilians.
“Senior players like Itumeleng Khune, Mulomowandau Matohi, Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker have been in this situation [before], they have won the league,” the 2010 FIFA World Cup star explained.
“I am sure that they will talk with the younger guys and share their experience. They will also tell their teammates, ‘forget about social media for now, let’s focus on what needs to be done on Saturday [against Baroka].”
The former Bafana Bafana winger went on to back the club’s highest-paid player Khama Billiat amidst their widespread criticism he’s endured during a below-par 2019/20 campaign.
“It is great to see Khama score,” he said. “People have been hard on him and he got a lot of stick, but scoring that goal [against Chippa United], he sent out the message, ‘I am still Khama Billiat, I can still do it’.”
Chiefs last won the PSL title under Stuart Baxter five seasons ago and will look to end their five-year agony on Saturday afternoon.