Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti

Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti has signed a one year extension with Amakhosi. Image Source: @SowetanLIVE/TwitterImage.via(@SowetanLIVE/Twitter)

Sifiso Hlanti out to help Chiefs end unwanted trophy drought

Kaizer Chiefs veteran defender Sifiso Hlanti says he is ready to help the Soweto giants lift the Nedbank Cup trophy this season.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti

Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti has signed a one year extension with Amakhosi. Image Source: @SowetanLIVE/TwitterImage.via(@SowetanLIVE/Twitter)

Still licking their wounds from the DStv Premiership defeat at the hands of Swallows FC, Kaizer Chiefs are now shifting their focus to the crucial cup clash against Orlando Pirates.

The Soweto giants will exchange blows in the Nedbank Cup semi-final match at the iconic FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon and defender Sifiso Hlanti wants the team to end the unwanted trophy drought.

Hlanti has urged his teammates to fight harder to ensure they reach the final as they stand a chance of dethroning Mamelodi Sundowns as the Ke Yona Cup champions.

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The former Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu left-back spoke to the media this week and put a strong emphasis on the importance of a victory.

He said they understand the task as the current crop of players at the Naturena-based side and that he was not there at the club for fun but to make the Glamour Boys family happy.

The Soweto Derby encounter comes as coach Arthur Zwane’s side has struggled for consistency this term. They are yet to lift a trophy since the 2014/15 season when they won the league.

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“We know the duty we have as players. We choose to come and play for Kaizer Chiefs for a reason. We came to this team to add value…we are not here just to have fun. Yes, the game of football goes with fun and joy, but as players, the most important thing is to deliver on the field of play to help the team win things,” Hlanti said.  

“We are here to do things that will make everybody happy because clearly even some of you here [the media] support Kaizer Chiefs and some support Pirates, that’s the reality, so we want to make everyone happy.”

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The veteran wingback has also conceded that they have let in silly goals but he is confident that they can avoid them if they are united against the Buccaneers.

He stated that because football is a game of mistakes and it’s impossible to avoid errors but calls on his teammates to fight as a unit.

“I won’t say conceding goals from glaring errors is a worrying factor…this is a game of mistakes,” he added.

“We know that at some stage we need to try and avoid those [mistakes]. It’s not a great feeling conceding silly goals but we are soldiering on.

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“For me what matters the most is for us as players to be united. Once you start worrying yourself about such things (as form inconsistency), you might think that you are not good enough

“If you are mentally strong, you can deal with whatever situation you are faced with. This is Kaizer Chiefs, if you are not strong mentally, you might have a problem.”