MTN 8 31.7.2013 12:00 am

Amakhosi aim for trophies

SIGNING IN. Chiefs' Siyabonga Nkosi during the MTN8 launch in Rivonia yesterday. Picture: Gallo Images

SIGNING IN. Chiefs' Siyabonga Nkosi during the MTN8 launch in Rivonia yesterday. Picture: Gallo Images

Siyabonga Nkosi said the MTN8 is one of the trophies Kaizer Chiefs are targeting to win this season.

Nkosi said his club are prepared to take all trophies on offer in the PSL and to display those intentions his team needs to win the Wafa Wafa competition.

“Yes, we are doing all we can to make sure we win this cup,” he said yesterday at this season’s tournament launch in Rivonia, Sandton.

Chiefs play University of Pretoria on August 10 at FNB Stadium in an evening kick-off.

Nkosi said his team’s failure to win this MTN8 trophy last season is still fresh in their minds and it’s something they will hate to encounter again. They lost 4-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in their coach’s, Stuart Baxter, first game.

“I am sure you also remember how that game went and that’s why we want to make sure we want to do well this time around,” he said.

The former Bafana Bafana player said his team will not take AmaTuks for granted.

“You always need to be cautious when you play these teams and that’s what we will do,” he said.

AmaTuks are one of the team which beat Chiefs last season in the campaign which saw them lift the league and cup double.

Tuks drew 1-1 against Amkahosi and beat them 1-0 the final fixture of last season, ironically, the game which saw them lift the Premiership title. All these facts, according to Nkosi, are nothing but history which belongs in a museum.

“Its history now and we are looking forward to the future,” he said. “We never even think about those results anymore.”

Nkosi is still nursing a calf injury which hampered his pre-season training but the midfielder said he is recovering well to start training with his team-mates at Naturena next week. “Yes, I should be back next week as I am feeling way better than before now,” he said.

AmaTuks captain Tebogo Monyai said the students had done very well in their first season in the country’s top-tier but they were, nevertheless, realistic about their first appearance in the MTN8 tournament.

“We will have to control the players and be careful they don’t overdo things,” Monyai said.

“It’s history in the making for Tuks to be in the top-eight for the first time and we need to carry on writing history going forward.”

In the other opening round games, Platinum Stars, last season’s Premiership runners-up, faced a tricky home encounter against Free State Stars, while Orlando Pirates would travel to the Mbombela Stadium to take on SuperSport United.

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