Sheppard: We are gaining momentum

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach, Dillon Sheppard, says his side is gaining momentum ahead of the Nedbank Cup clash with Casric Stars.

Amakhosi will host the Motsepe Foundation Championship side in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 after keeping two clean sheets against Richards Bay and Orlando Pirates.

“Preparation has gone really well,” Sheppard told during the Nedbank Cup media day. “In two games now, two clean sheets. We are gaining momentum. The energy has been really good and the players are looking forward to the match.

“It’s about momentum, not just in the Nedbank Cup but also for the upcoming league games. We want to go forward in the right headspace with the right energy and that’s what we have been seeing from the players.”

In 2011, Amakhosi were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by third tier side Baroka FC and in 2019 lost in the final to First Division side TS Galaxy. But Sheppard insists that the team is looking ahead.

“You don’t want to look to the past. We are looking ahead,” he said.

“If you take the Richards Bay game, it’s a totally different squad and we have to look towards the opposition we have to face. The guys are focused on that, not on what happened before.”

“Since the draw we have obviously been monitoring them. We have seen one or two of their performances which has given us an opportunity to analyse them, so we have a little bit of information but I think the main focus will be on us and how we set up.

In as much as it’s helpful to know about our opponent, we still have to go out there and play our game.”

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