Shabba confident of Chiefs victory

Despite not knowing much about Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs' Siphiwe Tshabalala does not feel the National First Division champions have what it takes to beat the Amakhosi.

The two teams are scheduled to play one another on Saturday evening at the FNB Stadium, kick-off at 20:15pm.

“I don’t know much about Cosmos, but they know us. They are a bit of a closed book, but we will play our normal game and try not to focus on them. If we do our basics and help one another, I don’t see them stopping us,” suggest the Chiefs left winger ahead of the match.

Tshabalala, though, is justified in his comments as the Amakhosi traditionally dominate the clashes between the two teams.

Chiefs have claimed 19 wins and only suffered seven losses since 1985 while 21 of their matches have ended in draws.

Still, the Bafana Bafana vice captain admitted matches against the newly promoted team are always challenging.

“It is always a tough task playing against Cosmos, and now it is even going to be even tougher because they have just been promoted and they will do everything in their power to see that they don’t lose against us.”

From the Cosmos camp, attacking midfielder Bamuza Sono admits the biggest challenge after being promoted is finding your feet in the Absa Premiership as quickly as possible.

“Our biggest challenge is to find our stability in the Premiership because as history shows, teams that get promoted normally struggle. We have to make sure we adjust quickly from the NFD to the PSL.”

Sono goes on to add that the first challenge doesn’t come any bigger than the Amakhosi.

“Chiefs have quality players who are mentally strong and can think quickly on the ball, so we have to give them as little time as possible on the ball.

We have to try and rush them and give them no time on the ball at all.”

The Cosmos man is also under no illusion that his side can win the league title, but says they will be battling hard for victory in every match.

“Our aim this season is not to compete for the league, but rather to try stay in the PSL and if we make the top eight then it is a bonus.

“We will focus on one game at a time and the first game is Chiefs and we’ll fight hard to win the match and with God’s help we will.”

The last time the two teams locked horns was in the 2009/10 league campaign and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Tshabalala admits that if his side want to challenge for the PSL title this season they cannot get off to a slow start in the league and can ill afford a draw.

“It is very important to get off to a good start if we want to challenge for league honours. It motivates the team to play better and everyone looks forward to the next game.

I am very positive that we will get the maximum points on Saturday,” concluded the Chiefs man.