Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs clears ball from Bongi Ntuli of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 15 April 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday Apr 19, 2018. 11:30
Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana says his side need to pay back their supporters by going all the way in the Nedbank Cup.
Chiefs have gone three years without winning a trophy and will not be claiming the league title after an underwhelming campaign.
However, they are still alive and well in the Nedbank Cup and face Free State Stars in the first semifinal, set for Saturday night in Durban.
With the Amakhosi and coach Steve Komphela under pressure to put some silverware in the trophy cabinet, Ngezana says Chiefs need a win more than Stars do.
“Setbacks are opportunities for great comebacks, and we’re fully focussed on the game on Saturday, which is a big one for us and for our fans,” said Ngezana.
“We need to have something to brag about at the end of the season, and we need to fulfil our promises that we made to our supporters at the start of the season.
“We haven’t won anything for the past three seasons, and I think we need to win this weekend’s game more than Free State Stars do.
“In fact, we need the Nedbank Cup as a whole because it also comes with CAF qualification, so this is the one we’re pinning our focus on.”
The other semifinal sees league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns play away to Maritzburg United on Sunday.