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Ditlhokwe Eyes Positive Ending For Chiefs

  • May 23, 2024
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Ditlhokwe Eyes Positive Ending For Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe acknowledges the team’s disappointments this season but finds positives to carry forward.

A crucial match against Cape Town Spurs awaits Amakhosi on Saturday (15:00) in the Mother City. Victory is their only chance to secure an eighth-place finish in the DStv Premiership season.

Even with a win, Chiefs need to equal or better AmaZulu’s result, currently sitting in ninth. A one-goal advantage in goal difference separates the two teams, both tied on 36 points.

“As we come to the end of the season, in my opinion it hasn’t gone as well as had hoped,” Ditlhokwe on Chiefs website. 

“But with each and every challenge that one faces, there are always lessons to be learnt and experience to be gained. So, it is important to focus on the positives and work on carrying them forward.” 

Ditlhokwe, a graceful centerback, has faced personal setbacks in his first season as a “Glamour Boy” after joining Chiefs from SuperSport United during the offseason. However, having recovered fully from his injury struggles, he remains optimistic about the future.

“I was out for nearly six months, but that’s football,” he said philosophically. “Injuries are part of the game. It was tough not being able to play, but I’m grateful to be fully fit again.”

“TT,” as the Botswana national team captain is affectionately known, emphasizes the importance of their final match against Cape Town Spurs, who are already relegated.

“This last game is crucial, and we’re preparing seriously to solidify our place in the Top 8,” he said regarding Spurs.

“Relegation can make them dangerous because they have nothing to lose, while we have a lot at stake. Therefore, we’re preparing to be at our best.”

He acknowledges the possibility of other teams with the same points overtaking them. “Winning against Spurs is our primary focus, and hopefully, scoring a few goals in the process.”

The Amakhosi faithful have endured a testing season but remained loyal supporters. Ditlhokwe assures them that every player is determined to finish the campaign strong and build anticipation for a better next season.

“Every player is fully motivated to get the result we need, especially for our supporters, who have been behind us all the way, even when we haven’t done so well. So, we really want to end the season well and give them something to look forward to next season,” he concludes. 

Picture courtesy of Kaizer Chiefs

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