JOHANNESBURG — Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha openly admits the prospect of finishing the season without a trophy is putting the team under tremendous pressure.
Chiefs lost the MTN8 title to arch rivals Orlando Pirates in the final earlier in the season and also went down to Platinum Stars in the first round of the Telkom Knockout.
Now with only the Nedbank Cup and the league to play for, the veteran midfielder admits the pressure is creeping in.
“We feel the pressure to be honest. It is tradition at Chiefs to at least win one cup every season and if we go through a season without winning anything, that could be considered a terrible thing,” Nengomasha told Football411.com.
“We are living under pressure at Chiefs, but I do believe that we have a bunch of quality players that can help the club succeed this season and the other good thing is that we have players such as Itumeleng Khune, Josta Dladla and Jimmy Tau, who know what pressure is all about and they are in a position to help the youngsters through this phase.”
Chiefs meet Black Leopards today at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup and the 29-year-old, who is the longest-serving member of the current Amakhosi team after 11 seasons at the club, says it is a must-win match for the Glamour Boys.
“The reality is that it is only the Nedbank Cup and the league remaining to play for so we have to make sure that we win at least one of them,” he said.
“At the end of the day we know what is expected from Chiefs players. When you join the club Bra K (Kaizer Motaung, owner) will tell you that it is important that you leave your mark at the club and we can’t disappoint our fans.”
Black Leopards midfielder Tiyani Mabunda has promised Kaizer Chiefs a tough Nedbank Cup last 16 battle.
Leopards are in good form having got some decent results in recent games. Lidoda Duvha will be hoping to continue with their winning ways when they host Amakhosi in Polokwane.
Speaking to KickOff.com, Mabunda said their recent good form gives them lots of confidence to win the game against Chiefs.— Football411.com/KickOff.com