Chiefs go for PSL ti­tle

Ek­stein says coach has an ace up his sleeve

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Kaizer Chiefs winger Hen­drick Ek­stein be­lieves the Glam­our Boys can pull off a sur­prise in the league race with crit­ics hav­ing counted them out.

Chiefs are hope­ful of a re­vival un­der coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp who took over from Gio­vanni Soli­nas in De­cem­ber af­ter a string of poor re­sults.

Mid­den­dorp has achieved a record of two wins and a loss in the league that in­cludes a re­cent 2-0 win over lead­ers Bid­vest Wits.

With their 24 points in fifth po­si­tion, Amakhosi are nine points adrift of lead­ers Wits. “It’s not over yet. The num­ber one spot is the aim for ev­ery team and we also want that. The league race is still on and if we can try to win most of our games, then we can achieve some­thing,” Ek­stein told Sowe­tan.

“But we are not think­ing too far ahead. For us it’s just about fo­cus­ing on each game as it comes.”

Amakhosi are headed to­wards their fourth year with­out a tro­phy with only the Absa Premier­ship and the Ned­bank Cup re­main­ing to fight for in the cur­rent sea­son. The 28-year-old ad­mits it pains the play­ers that the club has not won a ti­tle.

“It does not sit well with us that it’s al­most four years with­out a tro­phy. We don’t want to be re­mem­bered for not win­ning ti­tles.

“Our job as play­ers is to make our fans happy. “All the fans want is a tro­phy. When we see them they tell us we must win.” Since his ar­rival, Mid­den­dorp has played around with dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions. Af­ter play­ing a key role in their win over Wits last week, Ek­stein will be look­ing to de­liver an­other in­spi­ra­tional per­for­mance against AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Sta­dium, Um­lazi, on Wed­nes­day at 7.30pm.

Ek­stein is ex­cited about his new role un­der the Ger­man tac­ti­cian. “The coach wants me to get more goals for the team.”

Wed­nes­day fix­tures (all 7.30pm).

Sun­downs v Mar­itzburg, Lof­tus Vers­feld; AmaZulu v Chiefs, King Zwelithini Sta­dium; CPT City v FS Stars, Cape Town Sta­dium

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Hen­drick Ek­stein of Kaizer Chiefs chal­lenged by Tha­bang Monare of Bid­vest Wits be­lieves his team can­not be ruled out of snatch­ing the league.

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