Chiefs peak­ing at full strength

Weekend Witness - - Classifieds -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Af­ter emerg­ing from their in­ter­na­tional break un­scathed, Kaizer Chiefs’ full-strength squad will be gun­ning for three points this week­end as they look to ex­tend their ad­van­tage in the league stand­ings, said coach Stu­art Bax­ter.

Chiefs, who are five points clear at the top of the Absa Premier­ship log, face Bloem­fontein Celtic at Free State Sta­dium to­mor­row.

“It is a tough one in Bloem­fontein against a side that is al­ways look­ing to do well at home,” Bax­ter told the Chiefs’ web­site.

“We will not be ex­pect­ing a good re­cep­tion there and we will be tak­ing no pris­on­ers.

“I am de­lighted that the play­ers who were do­ing in­ter­na­tional duty came back with no in­juries and ev­ery­one is rar­ing to go.

“The com­pe­ti­tion for places for this game is high and a good headache for the coach. The play­ers have looked good in train­ing this week.”

With sec­ond-placed Or­lando Pi­rates hold­ing a game in hand, Bax­ter said Amakhosi were not get­ting too far ahead of them­selves.

“Our fo­cus now is the trip to Bloem­fontein and we will start think­ing of the next as­sign­ment af­ter the game on Sun­day.”

Mean­while, Pi­rates de­fender Thabo Mat­laba fired a warn­ing at topflight rook­ies Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria ahead of their tie at FNB Sta­dium to­day.

Mat­laba, how­ever, in­sisted there would be no com­pla­cency from the Buc­ca­neers af­ter an im­pres­sive show­ing by the Tuks out­fit this sea­son.

“It will be a tough match for us — we beat them in the first round and that gives us a psy­cho­log­i­cal boost go­ing into this en­counter,” Mat­laba told the Pi­rates web­site.

“For us, win­ning is a must, so ex­pect the team to be fir­ing on all cylin­ders.” WEEK­END PREMIER­SHIP

FIX­TURES To­day: Golden Ar­rows v Wits (King Zwelithini Sta­dium), Plat­inum Stars v Mamelodi Sun­downs (Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium), Su­perS­port United v Black Leop­ards (Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium), Or­lando Pi­rates v Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria (FNB Sta­dium). To­mor­row: Bloem­fontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs (Free State Sta­dium), Mar­itzburg United v Chippa United (Harry Gwala Sta­dium). — Sapa.

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