Kaizer Chiefs centre-back, Mario Booysen insists his side are concentrating on the positives rather than fear of a cup exit.
Booysen has also leapt to defence of his fellow Chiefs’ defenders in the build-up to their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal game.
And that is a clash which is against bitter rivals, SuperSport United and which will take place this very weekend.
Meanwhile, Soweto rivals, Orlando Pirates heavily exposed the Amakhosi backline in the latter’s 2-1 defeat against the former last weekend.
And that was the case with Booysen particularly at fault for the winning goal off the boot of Vincent Pule.
Booysen who joined the Glamour Boys from relegated Ajax Cape Town in August also started at the heart of defence.
And that was alongside fellow defender, Siyabonga Ngezana with manager, Giovanni Solinas yet to settle on a back four combination.
“You cannot question the amount of quality Chiefs have” – Booysen
“I think with the amount of quality currently in our backline, anyone can play at the end of the day.
“And that is simply because myself, ‘Danny’ [Daniel Cardoso], [Erick] Mathoho, Teenage [Hadebe] and Siya [Ngezana] can all step up.
“However, I do know that it is up to the coach who plays,” Booysen disclosed to the media on Wednesday.
“I think you cannot question that quality, yes, we have taken a lot of criticism in the last few weeks.
“But that must not hit our confidence at the moment because I believe you cannot become a bad player overnight.
“We have to focus on the positives and you know, we do self-introspection as players at the club.
“And we know what we have to grow on and like I said, you cannot question the amount of quality.
“I mean the quality the defenders in the team have, so we just have to keep growing,” he summed up.
Chiefs will be very much looking forward to finally putting an end to their cup curse against Matsatsantsa this weekend.
And that is with SuperSport having also knocked Chiefs out of both the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 in recent times.