Ashley Du Preez, the talented forward for Kaizer Chiefs, has opened up about his struggles with regularly finding the back of the net.
However, he remains determined to improve on this weakness while becoming a key player for the team this season.
With three goals in nine appearances, Du Preez is currently leading the scoring charts for Amakhosi alongside Edson Castillo and Pule Mmodi.
PUSHING PAST DISAPPOINTMENT
Although still reeling from the disappointment of being eliminated out of the MTN8 by Mamelodi Sundowns, Du Preez believes that the team has an opportunity for redemption in their upcoming match against Sekhukhune United on Wednesday.
Reflecting on the loss, he expressed his determination to learn from missed chances and focus on improving his finishing.
“It’s very tough; it’s still hurting. I think we had a massive opportunity to put our hands on the trophy and make history,” Du Preez says of the MTN8 loss, “he told the club’s website.
WORKING ON COMPOSURE IN FRONT OF GOAL
Du Preez acknowledges the importance of remaining composed during crucial moments.
Acknowledging that his strong drive to succeed has caused him to occasionally jump into opportunities hastily, he reveals that he is currently concentrating on perfecting his composure and making optimal use of every opportunity that arises.
“Like I said at the end of last season, I want to improve my game. I don’t want to repeat the chances I missed. I have had a really good start to this season, but for a player like me who works so hard, when I get chances, I must be totally focused on improving my finishing.”
“Sometimes, I feel I am trying so hard that when a chance comes, I rush it, so I am working a lot on learning to be more composed,” he mentioned to the club’s website.
While preparing to face Sekhukhune United, Du Preez highlights the team’s toughness and versatility.
He emphasised that the opponents are not to betaken lightly, acknowledging their physicality and skilful play.
Despite this, Du Preez, along with his teammates, remains focused on shaking off their frustration and securing a victory.
He reiterated their determination to exhibit their hunger, resilience, and will win, and bring home the three points.
“Sekhukhune are a tough team, they are physical, and they can also play,” he admits, “But from our side, coming off a setback, we can go into this game to get rid of our frustrations.”
“I think this is a game where we can show our will to win, our resilience, the hunger in the mentality of every player, and do the job,” he added.
With the upcoming matches against Sekhukhune United and Cape Town City, Du Preez and his teammates are eager to bounce back from recent setbacks and display their winning mentality to collect maximum points from these matches.