The local giants will clash in their PSL third match after the international break in September
Kaizer Chiefs defender Njabulo Blom praised the strength of their Premier League rivals in the Soccer League, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi will travel to Pretoria for the biggest game in the league this weekend, and the South African international said he would not be deterred from seeking a victory, despite the strength of Sundowns.
“Sundowns are a very good team and comfortable on the ball, but we will go out as a team, work hard and hope to achieve positive results. We go out there and play according to our coach because we have trained. His new philosophy, ”Blom told the club’s media department.
“We will go out and try to get it right and play according to the best of our talent. We will try as hard as possible to achieve positive results.”
The 21-year-old defender remembers his first encounter with the Brazilians and explains how he handles pressure among Chiefs and the kind of support he gets from close individuals.
“I’m fit and ready, and since I returned on Wednesday I’ve pushed myself onto the practice field, so I think I’m fit and ready to play on Sunday. I think my first game for Chiefs’ first team was against Sundowns and I I think I played very well, ”he added.
“I have to keep my feet on the ground, stay humble, focus and keep working hard. I get support from home, from my younger brother, my mom and dad, and also from friends who have supported me.
“But again, I try to keep my circuit as low as possible. To be honest, I feel no pressure because the coach always says we should go out and enjoy ourselves and not put pressure on ourselves.”
Blom comes on as a substitute in the World Cup qualifier against Ghana – a match that Bafana Bafana won by a margin of 1-0 – and he revealed how he felt about the debut and why they struggled against Zimbabwe in the previous qualifying match that ended 0-0.
‘I think we did well as players [vs Ghana] and of course most players were new and young, and in the first case we were afraid to showcase our talents. But the coach told us to go out and enjoy, and in the second game that’s exactly what we did, ‘he concluded.
“I thank God and the coach for the opportunity I got because it is every player’s dream to represent their national team. It was a great feeling and I appreciate the opportunity.”
The Glamor Boys meet the Brazilians for the first time since they were eliminated from the MTN8 tournament in August.