Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by George Maluleka of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 01 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Oct 13, 2017. 13:00
South African international Themba Zwane says Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are still a strong team.
Zwane's club, Mamelodi Sundowns will host Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday.
The attacking midfielder spoke to Sundowns' media officer Thulani Thuswa ahead one of the biggest matches in the South African top flight league.
“I think we are all motivated, obviously, when we play a big game, the is no need for anyone to tell us or to motivate us," Zwane said.
"We all switch on because big games motivate each and every player, each and every player wants to play that game so we are motivated, we are ready for the game.
"A home game and a big game and hopefully we would like to see our supporters come in numbers,” he added.
“Yes they are still a strong side, games are not the same, you won’t judge them by their previous games because you never know what to expect when you play against them.
Chiefs, who are the most decorated South African football club, have struggled in the last few seasons - having won their last major trophy in 2015.
On the other hand, Sundowns have enjoyed a lot of success in the last few seasons - winning the Absa Premiership and CAF Champions League titles.
"It is a big game and they are also motivated and also looking forward to playing this game so it is going to be a tough game. But, we are ready for everything," he continued.
“They are going to come at us because they also need the win and they are going to be fighting and trying to get goals, but we know how to handle those things.”