With an expected sea of black and gold dominant in the stands, electrifying ambiance, the glitz and the glamour that epitomize the stature of Kaizer Chiefs as they celebrate their half century milestone, there’s a question about their next opponents.
Chiefs earmarked their clash against Highlands Park this Wednesday as a fixture to celebrate their 50th anniversary inside the biggest stadium in Africa.
It’s arguably their most important match as they need to redeem themselves and send their legions of followers into ecstasy especially in the wake of their 2-1 loss to SuperSport United at the weekend.
And oh, of course the question is, will Highlands Park contain a Chiefs side buoyed by the need to put the cherry on top of their celebrations? Or will Owen Da Gama’s men emerge as party-poopers by throwing a spanner in the works of Amakhosi?
“For us, it’s just a league game,” an unfazed Da Gama told FARPost.
“Yes, congratulations to Chiefs on their anniversary and festivities. As a South African, I am very proud of Kaizer Chiefs that they have achieved such a milestone. They have had such a lot of success.”
The Highlands Park coach says his side, fifth on the Absa Premiership table, will fight for maximum points against the log leaders at FNB Stadium.
“We treat this as a normal league game. There’s three points up for grabs. We are not there to spoil the party or show what we can achieve. For us it’s just a league game with three points to play for.
“We played against Chiefs and we have been watching them and I am sure they have been watching us. In the PSL, you need to do a lot of analysis and understand what your oppositions are all about. But for Highlands Park, we are more focused on us. We want to become stronger as a team. Any team that plays in the PSL wants three points. If you don’t want that then I think there’s something wrong. Chiefs want three points, we want three points. Let’s see wat happens,” said Da Gama.
During his playing days, Da Gama lined up against Chiefs on several occasions. The former Moroka Swallows attacker says facing the Soweto giants comes with an added motivation.
“When I was playing for Swallows, when we played against Chiefs, there was extra motivation. It’s a big game. When you play against Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns, it’s a big game. It’s extra motivation for the players because this is a big platform. When you play well against Chiefs, five million players notice you. When you play well against Stellenbosch, hundred thousand people notice you. It’s a very big motivation for the players,” said the man known as Rubber Doll.
Da Gama will be hoping his players come to the party answers the questions.
By Hosea Ramphekwa