Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Cole Alexander says having their supporters back at the stadium has given them the motivation to go the “extra mile” on the field.
Amakhosi welcomed back their supporters when they first took on SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium before they played away to Stellenbosch FC.
The Soweto giants were then looking for a positive result, but suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat by Stellies at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Alexander has since opened up about the “absolutely amazing feeling” of playing in front of the Amakhosi faithful back in the stands.
“For me, it was an amazing experience. I know it wasn’t full capacity and the stadiums are allowed 50%, but even with those numbers at the stadium, it was an absolutely amazing feeling. It’s like a renewed energy that comes with it,” Alexander told his club’s official website.
“You step on to the field, just inspecting the field and you hear the fans going on. It gives you that extra energy, that extra motivation and for me, that is a big advantage for us as players.
“Unfortunately, we did not manage to get the result, but their support and their energy were superb and it really felt great. I can only imagine how much nicer it will be if the stadiums are really filled. It’s just been a pleasure to play in front of a crowd and, for me, it’s a huge advantage.
“For me, I had so much motivation to play in Cape Town because of my family and my community coming to watch me. Being away from home and having the majority of fans still supporting us, making noise and backing us, even being 1-0 down, that for me was amazing. The fans still stood behind us. For me, it was a nice feeling playing in front of them.
“The most important thing was that extra bit of energy that I felt and I’m sure my teammates felt as well and that extra motivation to go the extra mile on the pitch. It’s a big advantage for us,” concluded Alexander.
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