Kambole raring to break his goal drought at Chiefs
Ace goalscorer hasn’t hit the net since his signing and wants to satisfy fans he is up to the job
Zambian goal ace Lazarous Kambole maintains that the weight of expectation is not getting to him as he seeks his first goal in a Kaizer Chiefs jersey.
Kambole‚ the reigning Zambia player of the year who arrived from Zesco United at the beginning of the season as Chiefs’ high profile signing after scoring goals for fun in his home country‚ has fired blanks in all four matches for the Glamour Boys since the start of the season in August.
It might be early days yet but the goal drought has thrust the 25-year-old striker under increased scrutiny from ever-demanding Chiefs fans who expect him to find the back of the net regularly if AmaKhosi are to halt a four-year trophy drought.
To be fair‚ Kambole has managed to get himself into good positions in his quest to break his duck, but the ball has not rolled kindly for him and he has missed clear-cut chances that looked easy to convert.
“Football is like that‚” said Kambole when asked about his four-game goal drought at the club’s training base in Naturena on Wednesday as they geared up for the visit of Polokwane City for a Premiership match at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
“Of course scoring is one of my attributes‚ so I’m actually working on that, but I am not frustrated.
“The pressure is making me push harder at training.”
Kambole admitted the expectations around him are warranted‚ given his goalscoring history.
He said he was chomping at the bit to score his first goal in the black and gold of Chiefs.
“It’s very important [for me to score my first goal] because I just want to give the supporters something to smile about‚” he said.
Chiefs are top of the standings after four matches with 10 points and are yet to be defeated, with three wins and a draw.
“We are on the right track‚ we are doing well. But this is the right time to be humble and continue working hard in training. And I hope and I know that this season we will win silverware‚” declared the Zambian.
“The pressure is there for us to win the title this year because we have not won anything for the past four years.”
Chiefs will look to maintain their top spot when league action resumes on Saturday following a two-week Fifa international break.
Coach Ernst Middendorp’s side will welcome a Polokwane side high on confidence having conceded just one goal in their four league matches. Polokwane City are placed fifth on the log, three points behind Chiefs after two wins‚ a draw and a defeat.
Kambole said it is important for Chiefs to lead the charge for the title chase and own the top spot for the better part of the season if they are to win the Premiership.
“It’s better to be on top of the log than to be in the chasing pack because then we won’t have to depend on the results of other teams," he said.
“So keep on winning, then we will be assured that the league title is ours.”