Tefu – Chiefs need killer instinct

Tefu Mashamaite. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Tefu Mashamaite. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Tefu Mashamaite admits Kaizer Chiefs need to be more “brutal” in front of goal, as they take on Maritzburg United on Saturday night for the second time in eight days.

Chiefs did beat Steve Komphela’s side 1-0 in the Absa Premiership last weekend, but it was a tricky game for Amakhosi, and they were reliant on a penalty from Mandla Masango to extend their winning run for the season to 11 games in all competitions.

Fate has drawn the two sides together again on Saturday in the Telkom Knockout last 16, and the Amakhosi captain would like for Chiefs to kill the game off this time around.

“Obviously we need to get as many goals as we can, especially in the first half to create some kind of cushion. It is something we need to work on, being brutal in front of goal,” said Mashamaite, who will wear the captain’s armband for the third time this season on Saturday.

Amakhosi have certainly been ruthless at the other end of the field this season, with Mashamaite and Eric Mathoho brilliant in the heart of the Chiefs defence. Amakhosi have conceded two goals all campaign , and just one from open play.

Mashamaite has been rewarded with a Bafana call-up, and will join Mathoho in Shakes Mashaba’s squad for the upcoming AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Congo-Brazzaville.

Mashaba might be tempted to use Chiefs’ thriving partnership in his Bafana starting XI, but Mashamaite is first focussed on getting his head down and training hard.

“I have to work hard at training first in the camp,” he said.

“Tower (Mathoho) has been playing with Anele (Ngcongca) for Bafana, and they haven’t conceded a goal. So I have to apply myself at training before thinking about that partnership.”

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