Chippa ready for Pirates clash


Chippa United are hoping for their second consecutive win of the ABSA Premiership League when they take on Orlando Pirates at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Eastern Cape side beat Moroka Swallows 2-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium on 14 September while Pirates won their match 1-0 against Bidvest Wits the previous day at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium.

United coach, Roger Sikhakhane, who recently replaced Kosta Papic, has said that he is trying to get his squad in the right mental and physical state to make a stronger team.

"In football there is always pressure. Yes we are sitting position nine on the log and the gap between us and the bottom of the table is not big. It’s still early days but there is lots of hard work ahead to ensure that we finish on a respectable position,” said Sikhakhane.

United are said to be in good spirits and are ready to take on Pirates, who lost the MTN8 finals against Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last Saturday.

"We are expecting a tough game, but I always prepare my team to their own strengths and not according to whom we are playing,” he elaborated.

Good news came for United this week when defender, James Okwuosa, who was out for two weeks due to a knee injury, said he is ready to return to the team, just in time for the Pirates clash.

Pirates have also had a lucky streak this week as Patrick Phungwayo and midfielders Khethokwakhe Masuku, Tlou Segolela, Lehlogonolo Masalesa and Thandani Ntshumayelo are all returning from injury for the clash against United.

Pirates attacking midfielder, Tlou Segolela, has said that his team his confident for Saturday’s match, and that they are ready to put pressure on the hosting side.

“The good thing is that we will not stop working. The team is playing well at the moment and we all have to be ready. Unfortunately only eleven players can be on the field and we have to keep working and be ready for the opportunity that will come,” he said.


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