Brian Baloyi says Chiefs should not panic


In their last Absa Premiership encounter log leaders Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-1 to Maritzburg United at the FNB Stadium a result which saw the them drop crucial points in the title race.

However, Chiefs still lead the chasing pack with six points ahead of second-placed Orlando Pirates

Former Amakhosi captain and goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says there is no need for the ‘Glamour Boys’ to panic as they are still at the summit of the log with a healthy lead.

“Obviously no team will have a run like Liverpool. Your Liverpool will never have a good run like this never again, “Baloyi tells FARPost.

“In football you will drop points whether it’s against the smaller teams or the bigger teams. But it’s better if you drop them against the smaller teams than against the teams you are fighting for the title with.”

Baloyi added that all the so-called big teams are doing well so far this season and if Chiefs want to win the League, they need to perform well against them.

“This season all the big teams like your Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns, Wits and SuperSport have their act together and they are all up there, “observed Baloyi.

“In such a season you can’t afford to lose against them. In a season when they are not doing well you can afford that but not in a season like this one, “added the former Bafana Bafana International.

Baloyi went on to say that ‘Amakhosi’ made a couple great signings at the beginning of the season which has helped the team.

“Sometimes you sign players and they take two seasons to gel mainly if they are foreign players who haven’t played in South Africa before.

“But on the other side you have players like [Khama] Billiat and [Itumeleng] Khune who haven’t really contributed much as you would have loved.

“You need a balance that when the other players are not doing well the others should jump in.

“They (Chiefs) haven’t scored a lot of goals from open play. Most of their goals have been from set pieces whether by Nurkovic or [Leonardo] Castro and now the teams know them and plan against them.

“[Samir] Nurkovic didn’t take that long and you have senior players that have come to the party, “said Baloyi.
“And when Khune is on the bench [Daniel] Akeypi makes some mistakes because of pressure. It reminds me of [Brilliant] Khuzwayo. He used to make the same mistakes when Khune was on the bench which costs the team, “said the former goalkeeper coach of the ‘Soweto giants.

“Like this weekend they are playing in the Nedbank Cup and if Khune plays and does well the pressure will be on the coach to play him in the derby and Akeypi has been doing well.

“The supporters will also expect Khune to play if he does well this weekend. But also, with Khune’s presence and distribution they could have the chance of scoring in an open play which should be good, “concluded Baloyi.

By Sifiso Mlowoka

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