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Shabba eyes 2014 treble

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala hopes the side’s current position in the PSL standings can put to bed any criticism regarding their form this season.

The Amakhosi supporters are well known for being hard to please, with even last term’s double-winning performances eliciting boos and jeers from certain sections in the stands.

The Glamor Boys have again found themselves victims of that abuse after seeing both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout titles pass them by. However, with Stuart Baxter’s men currently second in the Premiership, Tshabalala believes there is little cause for concern at Naturena.

Absa Premiership: Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United“I don’t think anything was ever wrong in the team like people have assumed,” says Shabba.

“It just happened that we didn’t start the season as well as we thought we would and of course that’s not a train smash.

“Of course we were disappointed to have lost out on both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout but it’s not the end of the world, there is still the Premiership to play for.

“The Nedbank Cup and the Champions League are also other competitions that we can still try to win.”

Chiefs will have gone two weeks without a competitive match by the time they resume league hostilities, with Tuesday’s clash against Pretoria University at the FNB Stadium having been postponed until Monday due to the various memorial services for the late Nelson Mandela.

Tshabalala feels that sort of break could either work for or against a side, but remains confident of Chiefs’ abilities, no matter the conditions.

“I think the delays and cup breaks weigh either way,” he added.

“The breaks can be good and bad, but through it all we’ve managed to find confidence in our recent results.

“We are motivated but not over confident and I trust that we can continue with the recent good form we’ve shown.”

Story adapted from 11/12/2013


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