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Malajila: Closing in on Parker

Malajila: Closing in on Parker

PSL leaders Kaizer Chiefs will look to maintain their seven-point lead at the top when they host Maritzburg United on Wednesday evening in Polokwane.

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Chiefs duly capitalised on bitter rivals Orlando Pirates' goalless draw on Saturday with the University of Pretoria, as they comfortably saw off Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 the following day.

The Easter weekend's victory also saw the Glamour Boys extend their unbeaten run in the Premiership to 10 matches as they close in on the title.

However, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter has warned his team against complacency with seven matches to go in the season.

"We have to remain focused and it is my job as a Coach to ensure that the team is focused on the next battle, he told the club's official website.

"We still have to go out to play and win games. We cannot start to be complacent and I am going to address this with the team."

Commentating on Sunday's victory over Phunya Sele Sele, the Scot added: "It was a good game for the crowd.

"We did see few passes going astray but what was positive especially in the first half was the way we defended the box.

"This was a typical difficult fixture and we knew well in advance. It is never easy to come here and win. I am of course pleased with the result."

Baxter also cautioned his players against giving away unnecessary yellow cards, with skipper Itumeleng Khune the latest culprit after he picked a caution against Celtic for time wasting.

"We need to be very careful about these yellow cards. We had one for Keegan Ritchie who was tying his boot laces and in another game we had one unnecessary card for Majoro," added Baxter.

"I am not pleased with these yellow cards as they can come back to haunt us."

Ritchie returns from his one-match ban, but Kgotso Moleko, Kingston Nkhatha and Willard Katsande are one more yellow card away from the same unfortunate fate.

Meanwhile, the Team of Choice travel to Limpopo with no less than five players in the same precarious position.

Ernst Middendorp's side left it late last time out to defeat struggling Chippa United 2-0 in Pietermaritzburg, although the result moved them up to seventh on the PSL table.

The midweek clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium will potentially pit Golden Boot contenders Chiefs' Bernard Parker against United's Cuthbert Malajila.

Parker tops the charts with 10 goals in the South African top flight this term, while Malajila trails the Amakhosi hitman by just one strike after his effort against the Chilli Boys on Sunday.

Also, the 2012/13 campaign's earlier league encounter between the two sides at the Harry Gwala Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.

Posted: 02/04/13 14:40

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