Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
12 Feb 2015
4:01 pm

Shabba – Chiefs can cope without Nkhatha

Jonty Mark

Siphiwe Tshabalala believes Kaizer Chiefs can cope without Zimbabwean striker Kingston Nkhatha, although Amakhosi could only resume their season with a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

Siphiwe Tshabalala with Kingston Nkhatha. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Nkhatha was a long way from prolific in his time at Chiefs, before moving to SuperSport United in the January transfer window. But Chiefs did miss his presence in attack as they laboured at times going forward at the Free State Stadium. Ironically, Nkhatha scored on his debut on Wednesday for SuperSport in their 2-2 draw with Free State Stars.

“Kingston was a good player, he was one of our key players and we wish him well at SuperSport, but we still have players that can do a good job,” said Tshabalala on Thursday.

“I was very happy for him (scoring for SuperSport).”

And Tshabalala believes Kaizer Chiefs, who lead Mamelodi Sundowns by 13 points at the top of the Absa Premiership, are still on track despite the draw with Phunya Sele Sele.

“I think we are back on the horse now,” said Tshabalala.

“Last night was a tough one, it was not a walk in the park, but we are still unbeaten, and managed to secure a point that will help us.”

The Chiefs winger also admitted that the poor pitch at Free State Stadium did not help Amakhosi.

“It was bad, in a way, it was a bumpy pitch … and all that, but I guess we are all professionals and we must deal with any challenges,” he said.