Motaung expects Kaizer Chiefs to fight for top three finish

The Glamour Boys are still in with a chance to qualify for next year's Caf Confederation Cup, and Motaung expects nothing less than a top three finish

Kaizer Motaung has admitted that he is disappointed that Kaizer Chiefs will finish the season without a piece of silverware. 

However, Motaung feels the club has progressed well under Steve Komphela, saying he was pleased with the team's performance in the last six games even though they gave away points cheaply by conceding in the dying minutes.

"Obviously, one is very much disappointed that we did not even annex one trophy, but when one looks at the performance of the team now, especially if you compare now and last season, I think there's an improvement, especially in the last five to six games that we've played. The only problem is that we lacked in terms of discipline in the last three games where we gave away points in the last minutes," Motaung told reporters on Thursday. 

"Having said that, we are not looking very bad. We're looking very good except that we didn't deliver when it mattered the most. We just need to haave a proper review of the season and make sure we plug the gaps if there are any, and see where we went wrong and what we should have done better," he said.  

"One thing I can be proud of is that at least for the past four seasons, there are two teams that dominated the league, and that's Sundowns and Chiefs - and if Sundowns win it [league title] they will be one up, as for the rest, I think we will see next season," he continued.

The Amakhosi boss said the entire management expects the club to finish third on the log and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup now that they cannot overtake both Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.  

"Well, obviously we want to finish as high as we can. In fact, as you said, number three is a possible spot right now because we cannot catch Sundowns and Wits. That  third spot is very key for us. We are going to go for it," he confirmed.

"That's exactly what we expect from the technical team; to finish as high as we can, and that is finishing third," he continued. 

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Meanwhile, Motaung weighed in on Stuart Baxter's appointment as head coach of Bafana Bafana. 

Baxter's success with Chiefs between 2013 and 2015 somewhat played a role in him landing the Bafana job, and Motaung feels he will only be successful if he picks the right technical team and gets enough support. 

"You must remember that Chiefs give coaches a platform, and from there they move to other places. As for Stuart being in the national team, I think it's OK, but it will depend on the technical team he puts together, because today's football is not about the coach, but the technical team. It's not going to be an easy task for him, but hopefully he gets good support and let's wait and see. We can only wish him all the best," added Motaung.