Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama has issued a stern warning to Kaizer Chiefs ahead of their Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash on Saturday saying they have to prove that they can go toe to toe with a team of Chiefs calibre.
“We are going to fight for our lives, it is a game that we have to prove we can do it against a team of Chiefs’ calibre,” said Da Gama.
Despite losing twice to Chiefs in the League, 3-0 at FNB Stadium in January and 3-2 at Makhulong Stadium in August, Da Gama is adamant that his side can pull off a shock victory this time around.
“When you play against Chiefs, the motivation is there, I mean is sold out at Makhulong but that’s not an easy fortress for nobody, once you go into that tunnel is difficult to come back out of the pitch, the condition, it’s a pitch that suits our game,” added the Highlands coach.
The former Bafana Bafana assistant coach went a step further and said, “We are going to make sure it is one hell of a game on Saturday, no doubt about that.”
“For us is about the future, is about trying to get the best of the guys, every time you play against Wits, Chiefs you go to another level because these are quality teams…we will give it our best shot on Saturday,” said the 58-year-old mentor.
“Our focus is on Highlands Park, where they are. It should not deter us on what we want to achieve as a team. Every team has got its challenges, its pressures, its weaknesses and strengthens so with us it’s just trying to build Highlands Park to get better.
“I don’t think we are where we would like to be, we are better than where we were last season this time and we still went to a final, so there is a bit of growth but we just hope we can kick on and kick on and just grow as a team, “concluded Ga Gama.
Kickoff at 15:00, Makhulong Stadium.
By FARPost Reporter