David Mathebuala. Photos: Gallo Images
GOAL POACHER: Lehlohonolo Majora
Amakhosi came from a goal down to salvage a point against Premier League strugglers Jomo Cosmos at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night, allowing Mamelodi Sundowns to stretch their lead at the top to five points.
Chiefs are joint second with SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows on 29 points after 16 league matches. They face Swallows, who got all three points against Santos on the same night, in a Soweto derby at Soccer City tomorrow. Kickoff is at 6pm.
That the Dube Birds have got their second round off to a winning start makes the derby all the more enticing for the fans, despite the evident rustiness of many of the sides in action on Wednesday after the two-month long break.
The Chiefs coach lauded his players’ second-half performance against Cosmos after striker Lehlohonolo Majoro cancelled out Mark Haskins 74th minute goal with a late equaliser. But draws won’t win them the championship.
“It was an interesting game and we played better in the second half after making changes,” said Vermezovic. “We created lot of chances once more but we did not convert them and we got punished.”
Majoro is now Chiefs’ leading league scorer with five goals from nine games. The Bafana Bafana striker is likely to start against Swallows in place of S’thembiso Ngcobo, who has netted just once in five league games.
“We need to dust ourselves and continue to fight. We do not have a lot of time to relax before our game against Moroka Swallows … We will go back to the training ground and work on our mistakes. There is a long way to go and we will continue fighting,” Vermezovic said.
The “long way” – 14 matches – means the Birds are also in with a chance of winning their first PSL title. But coach Gordon Igesund has often ruled Swallows out of contention for the championship.
Igesund knows all about winning titles and has done so with four different Premier League clubs in Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Santos and Sundowns.
However, the coach is playing his cards close to his chest ahead of the encounter against Amakhosi, preferring to talk about star midfielder David Mathebula.
“I don’t think there is a player in the country currently like David Mathebula. I think he should be in the Bafana Bafana squad. If I were the coach, he’d be the first name on my list,” said Igesund, of the former Chiefs player.
Mathebula might very well be the man to watch on Saturday, with a victory for Swallows taking them to second spot if United stumble against Golden Arrows.
Igesund,what a good coach he is…One still wonders how could chiefs release players like Mathebula but keep the likes of Sibeko,Metsimetsi and other useless players..
I will be watching the game not to see Chiefs win,coz they won’t even if they try,but to watch my favourite former Khosi,DVD Mathebula…
Only if all Chiefs supporters could stop going to watch games at the stadium we wouldn’t be having this problems,we should sit at home until Bobby changes position…he should be a Kit Manager or Transport co-ordinator.
We were unlucky against that rough team called Cosmos but come tomorrow and we will teach Swallows a lesson
Were you watching the game sir??Or you only saw the highlights???
Cosmos was the one team which was Unlucky,they could have easily scored many goals in that game,our defence was poor,our strikers were Mid-fielders,VV was just clueless in that game…Swallows are just gonna whip our a$$es…
I do not like Bobby and I also do not Like V.V,and i believe their day shall one day come…
If you think Chiefs could have won the game i suggest you buy an FHD,3D Sony display and stop watching the game in black and white television……………..
Khosi for Life
Its like you read my mind… I’ll also be watching DVD doing his thing. I was in Dobsoville stadium on Wednesday and I am happy that i attended the game.
I am Khosi fan but I’m not proud to say it.