Wednesday, 28 April 2021 13:27

Staff Reporter.

Kaizer Chiefs wing-back Philani Zulu concedes his side are "fighting for their lives" as they prepare to host relegation-threatened Chippa United in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT.

Chiefs broke into the top eight with a come-from-behind victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend, but if they are to stay there need to cut out the individual errors that have cost them so dearly this season.

"As much as it is not going to be easy in the upcoming match against Chippa, who are fighting for their lives, we are also in the same space," Zulu says.

"We are taking all the positives from the games that we have played before, including the one against Sundowns, going forward. We just need to work a little bit harder on making sure that we must be on the front foot from the word go.

"We have taken the positives from the Sundowns game and will try to fix where there are mistakes going into the next game."

Zulu says his side must "keep working on the positives" if they are to finish the season in the top half, having spent much of it outside the MTN8 qualification places.

"All that we have to do now is rectify our errors, correct some mistakes, and work more on the positives and what could help us in winning all the games that are remaining," he said.

"That is all that we need, to focus on our strengths since there are not so many games left, but we still need to win all the games remaining.

"It is just up to us to execute and keep on working on the positives. What will help us play the same way in the next match like we did in the last one is continuing working the way we did and minimising the mistakes.

"All that is needed from all players is commitment for us to win the next game, which will be like the one that we just played. Application of the mindset in the same way will be needed."

While after a physically challenging game on Sunday, the Chiefs mentor Gavin Hunt is now expecting an equally feisty opponent in the form of Chippa United who would want to climb out of the relegation places.

Hunt is expecting a tough outing, he is not too concerned about the changes made recently in Chippa’s coaching department.

Chiefs will head into the clash against Chippa minus Khama Billiat who picked up an injury that prevented him from finishing the game on Sunday.

"We can’t get ourselves involved in their personnel changes," says Hunt. "I think it’s more about what we do with the ball on the day. Just like Sunday, you can have all the plans in the world but it’s important how you play with and without the ball."

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Chiefs have met in 15 league matches since 2012/13. The Amakhosi have claimed eight wins compared to five for the Chilli Boys, while two matches have been drawn. The Soweto side has won four of their seven home league matches in the rivalry, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in October 2020, Chiefs claimed a 1-0 away win thanks to an own goal from Chippa’s Gregory Damons. The Amakhosi have put together a three-game winning streak in this rivalry.