After winning one match, the Chiefs have only garnered five points from 15 in their first five games, and their trophy drought looks certain to continue for a seventh consecutive season.
Amakhosi will travel to AmaZulu on Saturday afternoon, with the Durban side having recently improved their form with two victories and a draw in all competitions following a sluggish start.
"We must not underestimate Chiefs because they have lost certain games," Makhaula advises.
"Because we're playing at home, there's a lot of pressure on us." They're also under a lot of pressure to succeed. Because we finished second last season, we are always under pressure.
"It's encouraging, but it's also dangerous because you might believe this is a dead snake, but it's not, and it'll wake up and bite you again.
"It becomes difficult once it awakens and bites. Let us not underestimate them. Don't declare the snake is dead when it's merely resting and trying to figure out how it'll wake up.
"The situation of chiefs can change quickly, and we could find ourselves in a position where we are under pressure."
Makhaula also expressed his gratitude to head coach Benni McCarthy for entrusting him with the armband this season.
"I like to lead by example, and I believe that by doing so, we will be able to persuade the troops to join us in the struggle." Coach Benni may have given me the armband for this reason.
"I don't believe in talking on the field, and he told me that no matter how talented you are, if you don't work hard, you won't get anywhere, therefore I believe that working hard is the correct thing to do in life."
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