JOHANNESBURG - Bernard Molekwa is excitedly anticipating Tuesday's visit of Kaizer Chiefs, the Polokwane City coach buoyed by his team’s performance in Saturday’s Telkom Knockout win over Ajax Cape Town.
That his team needed the shoot-out from the penalty spot to progress to the next round after failing to convert a plethora of chances against the Urban Warriors does not concern Molekwa.
He is, however, pleased his team kept a clean sheet and sees that as a good sign as they await an Amakhosi side which went on the rampage against Amazulu (3-0) in booking their quarterfinal spot.
“At least we managed to keep a clean sheet after a long time,” Molekwa said after their 4-3 shoot-out win at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. “Although we did not score, this clean sheet is a confidence booster.
“This was the first time we were involved in a shoot-out. We can build from this performance going to the Chiefs game.”
With very little time time between the matches, Molekwa said all they will do before Tuesday night’s Premiership match is regeneration.
“We went to extra time and the boys will be very tired so we won’t do any training. But when you play against clubs like Kaizer Chiefs you don’t need to motivate them. They are self motivated.”
Not that they weren’t motivated on Saturday, for City started the game on the front foot and created enough opportunities to have put daylight between themselves and Ajax by the break.
But it was the old South African problem of teams failing to make their dominance count where it matters so they were still on level terms going into the recess.
Molekwa made changes and though they helped see his team dominate further, the goals still did not come and even in extra time City couldn’t find the net.
“I think my subs added that oomph for us. Vusi (Mngomezulu) and Salu (Phiri) came in and stabilised our midfield because Jabu (Maluleke) was getting tired and could not add to the attacks any more.
“There was a lot of commitment and courage.”
That commitment and courage saw them being spot-on in the shoot-out and with goalkeeper George Chigova denying Rodrick Kabwe, and Roscoe Pietersen crashing his kick against the upright, City prevailed.
They will be walking with a spring in their step when they take on Chiefs.