Chiefs may be sitting in a relatively respectable sixth spot on the DStv Premiership table, but a shock 4-0 loss to AmaZulu – followed by an expected defeat to Sundowns – has brought focus once again on the fact that this could be another trophy-less season for Amakhosi.
One of the positive signs to emerge from Kaizer Chiefs’ narrow defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend was the return to action of Siyethemba Sithebe.
The midfielder’s composed performance after coming on as a half-time substitute for Samkelo Zwane gave the Amakhosi faithful some degree of encouragement that the club’s run of consecutive losses can be arrested and turned around.
“All I can say to the supporters is that they mustn’t give up on us,” Sithebe told the Chiefs media department. “We ask them to give us time. It just takes one game and everything will change around. We just need that boost. We really appreciate the support and I ask all the fans to come to the stadium and be positive because something good is coming.”
Sithebe also spoke about making his long-awaited return to the team as he now looks to target a consistent run of form and fitness.
“It feels good. I have been out of the team since October and I have been waiting for my chance. Obviously, if you are not playing games you lose confidence and stamina. But I trained hard to be ready for my chance.
“The coach gave me the opportunity and I was happy to play again. I was satisfied with my performance coming into a big game. The coach told me I played well so, for me, that gave me confidence to do better in the next game.”
Chiefs will next face Royal AM in Polokwane
The match takes place at Peter Mokaba Stadium and kicks off at 17:30.