Kaizer Chiefs face underdog test in Nedbank Cup

The National First Division United FC side is preparing both mentally and physically for the Nedbank Cup semi-final on Saturday by hiring a sports psychologist
The Nedbank Cup semi-final kick-off this weekend, with the final of the lucrative competition set to be played later in May.

Kaizer Chiefs will entertain underdog side United FC in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday in the first semi-final of the tournament.

The Amakhosi will be rearing to go after losing 3-1 against Ajax Cape Town in their last PSL tie, but face a major hurdle in the form of United FC.

Dan Maselesa's side have gone to great lengths in order to prepare for the match and have hired a sports psychologist in order to help the squad ready themselves for the match.

Stuart Baxter is prepared for the encounter and has put the Ajax Cape Town debacle behind him describing the match as "water under the bridge".

"The focus will now turn to Saturday’s game. We have been on top of the league for most of the season and we have to continue doing the things that we have been doing right," Baxter told Chiefs official website.

"The Ajax game was a different circumstance and that won't be the same on Saturday."

Itumeleng Khune wants his side to go back to the basics against United FC in order please the Amakhosi fans in the process.

"The Team has learnt a few lessons after the Ajax game. We have to go all out in the next Nedbank Cup game and remaining two league games and continue with what we have been doing the whole season," he said.

"We have to dig deep and reward the Amakhosi faithful for their consistent and undying love for the badge. We will definitely go back to the basics on Saturday."

The second semi-final pits a desperate Pitso Mosimane's Sundowns against Cavin Johnson's confident Platinum Stars.

The match is set to be played on Wednesday next week, with both PSL sides expecting to face Kaizer Chiefs in the final.