Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Katlego Mpela has described the pressure facing Lazarous Kambole and Samir Nurkovic.
Mphela, who represented Chiefs on 17 occasions scoring four goals in one season, had a relatively unsuccessful stay at Naturena and has now done his bid to encourage the club newest strikers to rise to the huge expectations.
“I have played for the national team and Mamelodi Sundowns, but to play for Chiefs is something else,” the 34-year-old told Soccer Laduma.
The Brits-born player continued to confirm that Chiefs’ expectations are simply a lot higher than at any other club in the local game.
One of Chiefs' new striker Kambole.
“There is so much pressure. More than Bafana Bafana because you go for duty once in a while, so sometimes you can get away with it. When you are at Chiefs that is when you realise how big they are. At some clubs you can do it this week and it’s okay to not repeat it the following week, but at Chiefs you have to always do the job.”
Mphela added by making a key point about the type of strikers who succeeded at Chiefs only through legendary status.
“With the previous strikers that played at Chiefs it makes it even more difficult because you have to follow Collins Mbesuma, Knowledge Musona, and Fani Madida.”
Another current Chiefs targetman Nurkovic.
While Mphela feels sympathy for the club’s new strikers such as Kambole and Nurkovic, the recently retired striker said Chiefs’ supporting players will be a big role in helping the strikers stick the ball in the net.
“I feel for the new strikers really.”
“ But with the support they have they will deliver – it is one big family there. As long as they (teammates) create chances for them. For Chiefs to sign them means they have seen them scoring goals,” concluded Mphela.
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