Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki is aware he must break the semi-final syndrome, and bring glory to Naturena as they are drawn against AmaZulu in the Carling Knockout Cup.
Ntseki is under pressure to restore glory days at Chiefs and fighting for the Carling Cup will be his main priority.
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Chiefs are yet to win a trophy for eight years and the former Bafana Bafana coach, Ntseki has another opportunity.
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Having bowed out of the MTN8 in the semi-finals losing to Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs, and Ntseki are expected to fare better this time around.
“There is pressure because we play every game to win. Even if you play 11 vs 11 at training, there is always pressure because the players have to do well,” Ntseki said after the Last 16 draw.
“The coach wants to see critical elements of the game coming together. Whatever you do there is pressure and it comes with responsibility, demands, and expectations.
“We are fully aware that expectations are very high to win games and trophies.
“We lost in the semi-final of the MTN8, and the Nedbank Cup [both in 2022-23] and this year again we lost in the semi-finals of MTN8.”
NTSEKI UNDERSTANDS THE PRESSURE TO DO WELL IN CARLING CUP
Additionally, the seasoned and soft-spoken mentor says understanding the game means there is pressure on his charges.
Ntseki stresses the importance of mental strength and tactical approach and admits not every game will be the same.
“Understanding the game, the demands and pressure that come with it, we are doing very well as a club,” he adds.
“It is another opportunity for us to go into these cup games and do well and bring it to the Kaizer Chiefs family.
“We have been doing well in terms of the progression we are witnessing in terms of team performance, but the results were not forthcoming.
“It is in this cup game that you have to play four quality games to go to the final and win it.
“Being involved in a cup game like this, especially when you look at the history, the background of Kaizer Chiefs, everybody is looking forward to doing well and lifting this cup.
“But at the same time, we have to give respect to the opponents because the game of football has evolved to a level where there is competition in every game you play.
“It means we have to up our game for us to overcome our opponents and to win all the games we play. We are looking forward to that competition.”