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Goal.com spoke with the Amakhosi stalwart defender Tefu Mashamaite ahead of their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night

Kaizer Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite has admitted to Goal.com that their game against Bloemfontein Celtic is not going be easy, as the two sides square-off for a place in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday night.

Amakhosi beat Phunya Sele Sele 3-0 in a league encounter two weeks ago, but Mashamaite believes that Celtic will be more dangerous especially upfront where Lennox Bacela is normally playing.    

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“Celtic strikers are strong. They challenge and they never give up. As a defender you can’t afford to switch off. This game is going to require a lot of focus, but at the same time we are not going to be too concerned about what they can do to us,” Mashamaite told Goal.com.

Mashamaite is the only regular defender in the Chiefs team to have not suffered any injuries this season and brought stability whenever Amakhosi looked shaky at the back.

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The former Bidvest Wits captain is one of the only two players in the current Chiefs squad to have won the Nedbank Cup, having won it with Wits in 2010 and he said the Nedbank Cup will remain special to him as an individual. Josta Dladla is the other Chiefs player with the Nedbank Cup medal after winning it with Sundowns back in 2008.

Mashamaite added that he will be more than happy to win this season’s trophy with Kaizer Chiefs. 

“The Nedbank Cup will remain a special trophy to me, because I have won it with Wits before. I will be happy to win it with Kaizer Chiefs, but we know that it is not going to be easy,” added Mashamaite.

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