Siyethemba Sithebe is hopeful of starting the Soweto derby next week having enjoyed more game-time for Kaizer Chiefs of late.

Sithebe received the backing of coach Arthur Zwane earlier this week and looks likely to start in midfield against Golden Arrows in Polokwane on Sunday.

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The former Amazulu man hopes to continue his resurgence over the weekend to ensure he starts against Orlando Pirates on 25 February.

“Obviously we’re playing the derby next week. I am happy that now I am starting [games] coming into the derby. As a player you must be well prepared because playing the derby isn’t easy,” Sithebe said according to the Sowetan.

“Everyone wants to play in a derby, so I am bracing myself for that.

“We need to make sure that we win against Arrows so that our confidence will be boosted, so that when we meet Pirates we don’t have pressure.”

Sithebe says that he has been determined to keep things simple as he gets his opportunities.

“As a player, when you are not playing, you automatically know that you need to work hard at training…I did that until I got my chance again.

“When the coach restored me to the XI I told myself that I must do what I know, which is to play football without complicating things,” Sithebe said.

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“When I was introduced in the game against Sundowns, I had already read the game from the bench, so when I went in I knew that the team needed someone who’d build up…and I did that because that’s what I know…I was just being myself.”

Kaizer Chiefs face Golden Arrows on Sunday 19 February 2023 from 15:30.


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