Richards Bay FC coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi is eager to meet struggling Kaizer Chiefs sooner rather than later, as his team strive to secure their league survival.

Securing a vital 1-0 win against Moroka Swallows, courtesy of Kuda Muyaba’s decisive strike over the weekend inj the DStv Premiership, Richards Bay ended their six-match winless streak, propelling themselves five points clear of the relegation zone, a feat not lost on Vilakazi.

“We’ve had our backs against the wall,” remarked Vilakazi, “but this win gives us breathing space. We have to keep fighting.”

With seven matches remaining, including crucial encounters against Cape Town Spurs and Cape Town City FC, Vilakazi eyes the upcoming fixture against Chiefs with calculated anticipation. He notes Chiefs’ recent struggles, including consecutive defeats to Stellenbosch FC and Chippa United, as a potential opportunity for his side.

“I would have relished the chance to face them sooner,” Vilakazi expressed. “When they’re wounded, you want to pounce. But we’ll wait. We know they’re capable of turning things around.”

The encounter against Chiefs, scheduled for 20 April at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, looms large for Richards Bay, offering both a challenge and an opportunity to further solidify their league standing. 

As the league campaign intensifies, every match becomes pivotal, and Vilakazi is determined to ensure his side are ready for whatever challenges lie ahead.

“We’re focused on ourselves,” he concluded. “We’ll prepare diligently and approach every match with determination and belief.”

Richards Bay’s resolve and Vilakazi’s astute tactical approach could prove decisive in their quest for survival.