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Mario Booysen: No one can question Kaizer Chiefs' quality

11:53 GMT 01/11/2018
Mario Booysen of Kaizer Chiefs September 2018
The former Mamelodi Sundowns player believes that Amakhosi can still challenge for the PSL title this season

Kaizer Chiefs centre-back Mario Booysen says there's no need to press the panic button because the league title is still far from over.

Amakhosi's defence has come under scrutiny lately having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches in all competitions. 

“I think, with the amount of quality in our backline. Anyone can play at the end of the day because myself, ‘Danny’ [Cardoso], [Erick] Mathoho, Teenage [Hadebe] and Siya [Ngezana] can all step up, and it’s up to the coach to decide who plays,” Booysen told the media.

Booysen was part of the Chiefs defence which conceded two goals during the 2-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby last weekend.

“I think you can’t question that quality. Yes, we’ve taken a lot of criticism but that mustn’t hit our confidence because I believe you can’t become a bad player overnight," the lanky defender continued.

“We have to focus on the positives. We do self-introspection and we know what we have to grow on, and like I said, you can’t question the amount of quality the defenders in the team have. So, we just have to keep growing," he added.

Chiefs' defeat to Pirates saw them move to position seven on the PSL standings, but Booysen remains hopeful that they can still catch current log leaders Bidvest Wits.

“I don’t think we’re under pressure because, yes, it’s not early but it’s also not late. It’s the time in the season whereby we can still catch up – it’s not over,” Booysen said.

Amakhosi's next game is a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match against SuperSport United, who eliminated them from the MTN8 Cup not so long ago.

“There’s a lot of games still to play. So, I don’t think we have to put ourselves under pressure. We’re focused. We’re working hard, and we’re just looking at what’s in front of us, which is obviously SuperSport United this weekend, and that’s what’s important for now," he concluded.

The TKO game will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday.