Mzwakhe Ngwenya
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26 Mar 2014
6:30 am

Buffalo hunt on for Amakhosi

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

George Maluleka says Kaizer Chiefs plan to redeem their fortunes after their 3-0 Caf Champions League loss to AS Vita Club in Kinshasa last Sunday.

Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung, left, and coach Stuart Baxter present new signing George Maluleka with an Amakhosi shirt.

They face third-tier league side FC Buffalo tonight in a Nedbank Cup last-16 game at FNB Stadium.

“We just came from a disappointing loss in the DRC and obviously we have to redeem ourselves against Buffalos,” he told his club website.

Chiefs may find the road tough as they embark on mission of restoration against a side who are a closed book to them.

“We don’t know much about FC Buffalo, but we have a day or so to find out a little bit more about them from the coaches,” Maluleka said.

“We will find out how they play during the game as well, but what is important is to focus on our game-plan.”

Maluleka, who arrived at Naturena three months ago, has not found his form since joining from SuperSport United.

Given his showing while at SuperSport and at former club Ajax Cape Town, expectations were that Maluleka would not find it hard to claim a regular berth in the Amakhosi starting line-up.

But the going has been tough for Maluleka.

“It is a bit difficult because I came into a team that is winning games,” he said.

“I just feel good to be part of a winning team. I have spoken to the coach and a couple of the guys and they are all supportive.”

Instead of focusing on working to play a big part in the side should he get a chance, Maluleka said he is hard at work at ensuring that he plays a key role in Stuart Baxter’s side.

“I am focused on building up towards playing a major role in the team and getting into the starting line-up, and that will happen with hard work,” he said.

The match starts at 7.30pm.