Chiefs out to claim maximum points

Kaizer Chiefs will be eager to end their title winning season on a high when they travel to Mbombela Stadium to face the University of Pretoria in the last fixture of the Premier Soccer League season on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Chiefs secured their third PSL title with a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in midweek, subsequently ending their eight year league title drought.

The University of Pretoria, on the other hand, have enjoyed a stellar debut season in South Africa’s top flight and the Tshwane side know that they can still finish in the top of eight if they manage to beat the Amakhosi, consequently qualifying for the MTN8 competition.

AmaTuks managed a 2-2 draw against relegation threatened Chippa United in their last encounter, and the draw means that the University side go into the last game in 10th spot on the log.

Chiefs midfielder Lucky Baloyi is delighted that the Amakhosi finally won the league once again but expressed that the season isn’t over yet.

“It feels good to have won the league with the team after so many years of the club not winning it. Credit must go to the coach, the entire set of players, the management and the supporters for being there for us,” said Baloyi.

“We have the last game against Tuks before we face SuperSport again but this time in the final and I hope we don’t get distracted by thoughts of the final before the Tuks game. It is three points for us to get and I hope we finish the season on a high because the job is not completed yet.”

AmaTuks manager Steve Barker feels that Chiefs will still come out strong despite having already clinched the PSL title.

“Chiefs are a proud team, I’ve heard of the coach [Stuart Baxter] saying that he wants to finish on a high note. I think it is will just be fair to the supporters that are coming to the stadium to witness Chiefs lift the cup that Chiefs reward them with a good performance, so I’ve got no doubt Chiefs will be up for the game and ensure that they try and finish on a winning note,” said Barker.

“At the same time they’ve got a cup final a week later and I am sure they will be mindful of not picking up unnecessary suspensions or injuries to key players but whoever plays ,I’m sure it will be a tough game,” added Barker.

AmaTuks are will be eager to spoil Amakhosi’s party come Saturday but they will have to do so without star player Bongani Zungu. The dynamic midfielder will miss the game due to suspension.

The reverse fixture in December last year ended in a 1-1 draw. George Lebese opened the scoring for Chiefs ten minutes after the break but a goal from Mame Niang nine minutes later secured a point for the University side.