Kaizer Chiefs striker Lazarous Kambole is looking forward to facing Maritzburg United in a DStv Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday (kickoff 17:00).
Kambole feels it will be an emotional game as Middendorp will return to FNB Stadium for the first time since he was relieved of his duties following a heartbreaking end to 2019/20 campaign in which Mamelodi Sundowns snatched the Premiership title right under the nose of Chiefs on the final day.
Gavin Hunt and his men go into the Maritzburg game on the back of a morale-boosting result following their below-par 2020/21 start as they became the first South African club to beat Primeiro da Agosto in Angola on Tuesday‚ sealing a spot in the first group stage of the Caf Champions League for the first time.
‘The Team of Choice’, on the other hand, also looked to have turned their fortunes around as they picked up their first win of the season last weekend, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 under the guidance of new coach Middendorp.
“It’s not going to be easy, of course, it will be different from the Champions League because PSL has got its own style of play,” said Kambole.
“But we’ve been playing for so long, so we know what the league is all about, so we are prepared, it’s not going to be easy, but we are soldiers, and we are ready. It’s going to be an emotional game, but business is business, and we’ll talk on the pitch.
“Coming from the win, I think they (Maritzburg) are motivated so it’s not going to be easy, we just have to go all out and make sure we win the game,” added the Zambian international.
Kambole joined Chiefs a year-and-a-half ago from Zambian giants Zesco United with a big regulation but has struggled to make an impact with just a single goal from 24 goals in all competitions for ‘Amakhosi’.
“I just have to continue working extra hard and believing in what I can do on the pitch. I’m on the right track and by the grace of God I will start scoring‚ and things will get back to normal‚” concluded Kambole.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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