Lions put brave face on loss to Chiefs

2011-03-16 00:00

AFTER putting on a gallant show against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup last 32 on Sunday in Umlazi, Nathi Lions coach Styles Phumo believes the experience his side gained against South Africa’s cup kings will go a long way in helping them stave off relegation.

Phumo’s charges face relegation at seventh place in the eight-team National First Division (NFD) Coastal stream.

Nathi, who have drawn in three matches since the veteran mentor has been in charge after joining midway through the season, have 14 points from 17 games.

Commenting after the heart-breaking 3-2 defeat by Chiefs at King Zwelithini Stadium, Phumo said: “ I was happy with my boys’ performances. I believe if we could continue to deliver such showings in our remaining matches, we stand a chance to compete in the NFD next season.

“Certainly coming up against an experienced side like Chiefs and nearly upsetting them will boost the morale of my boys.”

Phumo will be hoping for an inspiring performance from Nathi when they host the African Warriors in a league clash at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Players like Chris Makhoba, Senzo “Skhulu” Mkhwanazi and Mambush Zaca carry the hopes of the Durban side.

Meanwhile, second-placed Thanda Royal Zulu, who carry the hopes of KZN fans, must get their act together and win against Blackburn Rovers in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Thanda, who boast several players with PSL experience, have fallen out of the promotion race by five points after leaders Bay United found their form.

Saturday

Nathi Lions v African Warriors (King Zwelithini, 3.30 pm), Rovers v Thanda (Buffalo City, 3.30 pm)

Inland Stream

Saturday (all matches kick off at 3.30 pm)

Leopards v Witbank Spurs (Tshifulanani), FC AK v Cosmos (Eldorado Oark), United FC v Dynamos (Botshabelo), University of Pretoria v Batau FC (Absa Tuks Stadium)

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