Mzwakhe Ngwenya
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4 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Polokwane underdogs must be respected

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

Stuart Baxter says his Kaizer Chiefs are not going to underestimate Polokwane City when the clubs face off in their Telkom Knockout last-16 match.

Head honcho: Stuart Baxter Pic: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

City are still without a coach after firing Duncan Lechesa last week with physical trainer Eduardo Schoeler in charge of the side. Under the interim mentor, the club were able to record their maiden win in top flight football against Ajax Cape Town two weeks ago.

City had gone five matches without a win ahead of the game against the Urban Warriors. But Chiefs coach Baxter said they cannot look at City’s ability through their league run.

“You cannot underestimate them,” he said. “And you know that most clubs get hungrier when they play against us.”

Chiefs travel to Limpopo without influential midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, who is out for the next three weeks with a hip injury.

Tshabalala may be replaced by George Lebese or Mandla Masango against City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Baxter sounded less than pleased about the dreadlocked midfielder’s absence but said he had enough cover for tomorrow night’s match.

“It is unfortunate that Tshabalala is not available but we have to continue with the job,” he said.

“Tshabalala is one of our best players.”

This week, Chiefs added Ugandan defensive player Ivan Bukenya, but Baxter said the towering player needs to work hard for his place in the team.

Bukenya can play either central defence or central midfield.

“I am happy with him and I think he will give us the necessary cover if we have suspensions or injuries in those positions,” he said.

City will be looking to pull a rabbit out of the hat in this encounter, while Chiefs may want to use this game to bounce back after semifinal elimination by Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 last Tuesday.

The anticipated match starts at 8.15pm.