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Opinion: How Chiefs' 'weakness' can turn into a strength

What TS Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic said about Kaizer Chiefs' apparent weakness could be further from the truth, especially in knockout competitions.

Chiefs have been drawn against TS Galaxy in the first round of the Nedbank Cup and although the tie brings back memories of the Rockets denying them the trophy in the 2019 final, the Glamour Boys couldn't be relieved that they will play against a side they already know, unlike drawing a team from the lower leagues.

Indeed, when Amakhosi played against the Rockets in the final, they were still campaigning in the GladAfrica Championship and therefore somewhat of a closed book.

The Glamour Boys have succumbed to some giant-killing acts in this competition from lower league sides, including also Baroka in 2011 when they were still playing in the third tier, now known as ABC Motsepe League.

And recently, the Soweto giants were also knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by a team from a lower division, after GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay were responsible for their exit in the first round last season.

It seems like Galaxy coach wants to be the next in line to stun Amakhosi in the history of the competition, after outlining their weakness. 

"The Kaizer Chiefs team has an incredible good quality with an outstanding coach,” Ramovic told the club’s media department.

“The backbone of the team is very good. They also have some leadership players in the team, all in all, a really tough team to play against.

“Their weakness is that the great supporters they have are not at the stadium.”

However, the fact that there are no supporters at the stadium could actually work against Galaxy, as compared to when there's fans, whenever Chiefs play a cup game, there's guaranteed to be a sold out capacity. 

The environment of playing against Amakhosi at a packed stadium works against the Soweto giants, as when things are not going their way, they can easily succumb to pressure of their own fans.

This of course was the case when they were knocked out by Baroka and Galaxy themselves under former coach Dan Malesela, where they capitalized on a big crowd, to turn the pressure into the Chiefs players.

So not having fans in the stadium can help Chiefs players to focus better on the job at hand, where it's only their quality against the quality of the Rockets which will count.

Amakhosi assistant coach Arthur Zwane made clear the club's ambitions of lifting the trophy. 

"We are a team that needs to grind results,” said Zwane per IOL.

"We were hoping and wishing that we will go as far as we want to in the (Nedbank) cup and be in the final and then bring it home. And why not win it - that is our aim.

“We’ll take one game at a time."

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