Chippa United not ready just yet for 2016/17 ABSA PSL says coach

AUGUST 5, 2016

Chippa United coach, Dan Malesela, believes there is still a lot to be done before the Chilli Boys are ready for the new PSL season. The team kicks off its 2016/17 ABSA campaign against Free State Stars on August 23rd.

“We are not anywhere near our best,” Malesela told psl.co.za, after Chippa United spent the past 10 days in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal where they played friendly games against Golden Arrows, Royal Kings, Thanda Royal Zulu and AmaZulu..

“There is a lot of work to be done. We need to learn from our mistakes. I would say now we are approaching 70 percent readiness.

“We spent two weeks in Port Elizabeth prior to coming here (Howick). We did not want to take trialists to camp and I was happy to work with the players we have signed only.

“We focused on a lot of things in what was the second phased of our preseason, including the performance aspect, conditioning and we also got to play games and look at different combinations."

He, however, said that he was happy about the response from the team members.

“I have had one-on-ones with some of the players just to discuss their aspirations and development.

“It is also important for players to know what is required from them. It is a responsibility we share with the players that have been here for a while, players who understand the philosophy behind our style of play," he said.

“We don’t want to read too much on the results. Sometimes teams can be on fire during preseason and struggle when the real work starts, but I am pleased with the information we have collected thus far.”

Chippa United are spending the next week in Johannesburg, before returning to their base in Port Elizabeth.