Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele admits the absence of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has negatively affected their plans but says he is ready to face Cape Town City on Sunday in their Nedbank Cup quarter-final at Mbombela Stadium.
Mphahlele, who is also a South Africa international, says he has fully recovered from a knee injury he sustained in December 2018.
“I’m one hundred percent recovered. It was difficult to recover in terms of getting back to my usual tempo, but I’m stronger and quicker now. I will also continue to put in the work at training,” Mphahele said to Phakaaathi.
“This is a season-defining match for us so we will give it everything we have to ensure a place in the last four,” he said ahead of the Citizens clash.
“We know what our opponents are capable of. They will come and have a go at us, but we have been preparing well for this game,” he continued.
Moreover, he said the absence of players such as Joseph Molangoane, Erick Mathoho, and skipper Itumeleng Khune has hurt the team.
“As much as we are a team that doesn’t rely on individuals, there are some players we missed this season, who increase the chances of winning when they are on the field,” he admitted.
“The likes of Itu (Khune), Tight (Molangoane), Erick (Mathoho) and Lebo (Manyama) are so important to the team,” concluded the defender.
Chiefs have failed to win a major trophy in almost four seasons, and this means they are desperate to win the Nedbank Cup.