Chiefs still with a chance: Coach

2010-02-03 10:06

KAIZER Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic refuses to throw in the

towel on Amakhosi winning the Absa Premiership title.


Chiefs restarted the final lap of their league programme when they

drew 0-0 against Moroka Swallows in a hard fought Soweto Derby played at Ellis

Park last night, pushing them further behind favourites SuperSport United and

Mamelodi Sundowns.


Said the Serbian coach: “We are still in with a chance. There are

five games to go and anything can happen.


“I have to be honest and say we will need other teams to do us a

favour if we are to win the league, but nothing is impossible.”


Birds coach Rainer Zobel admitted his side were lucky to go home

with a point, but said he was happy with their performance in the first 65 to 70

minutes, but not the way they fell apart at the end.


“Chiefs were the better side in the last 20 minutes. My strikers

and midfield lost their shape, but thankfully my defenders held on and they were

magnificent.


“On the night Chiefs were unlucky. But they could not score and

that was due to the way my defenders performed.”


Vermezovic said it was not Chiefs’ night but said he was not

unhappy with a point: “Maybe the 0-0 score was the right result as we failed to

get a goal and penetrate the Swallows defence.


“One point is better than none.”


Chiefs, however, will be looking for maximum points when they play

relegation candidates Jomo Cosmos at Loftus this Saturday.


Cosmos and Maritzburg United also drew 0-0 in their clash played at

the Rand Stadium yesterday.


Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona hit the post late in the game as

Chiefs threw everything at the disjointed Birds.


Zobel took a swipe at the PSL for forcing teams to finish the

league season early in order to give Bafana Bafana time to prepare for the World

Cup which kicks off in June.


“It has been a crazy season. In December we played nine games in

three-and-a-half weeks, which was ridiculous. I think the PSL got it wrong by

finishing the season so early and forcing us to cram in so many games in a short

space of time.”


But both Vermezovic and Zobel say they have enjoyed their first

season in the PSL.


Said Zobel: “I am already planning for next season. I would be

happy to finish sixth, seventh or eighth this season and we are on target for

that.


“The good thing about the break was that it gave me a chance to

work on tactics with my players. I joined Swallows eight days before the season

started and had no time to really work with them due to the nature of the

compact season.


“For the remainder of this season it is still work in progress for

us.”


The Birds play Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on

Sunday.


Vermezovic said the compact season had not worried him: “It has

been tough but I have found the PSL to be a good, well organised league.”

 

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