Chippa United seek to end five-match winless streak

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Chippa United Head Coach, Dan Malesela, says that he hopes for his side to revive their five-match winless streak when they play Cape Town City in Port Elizabeth in their eighth ABSA Premiership game for the 2016/17 season.

With this in mind, Coach Malesela says that the recent international break rendered by FIFA, gave him the chance to re-modify his side to get his team back to the positive form that they displayed in the first couple of weeks when they won back-to-back games.

“The Fifa break gave us an opportunity to go back to the training ground and find solutions and we are fully focused on the next challenge,” Malesela told his club’s official website.

The Chilli Boys have been winless in their last five outings, which included three draws and two losses, with their last victory coming against Baroka FC in September which they won 4-1. Their losses came against the likes of Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows.

“We need to knuckle down and show the hunger to win games again. We lacked a bit of effort against Bidvest Wits and at the end that was a difference between ourselves and them,” Malesela said.

Coach Malesela also concerned this upcoming fixture with his side’s ability to capitalize on home ground advantage, as well as to emblazon the pride in the jersey. The match will show a telling test of character for Malesela and his charges, as they take on the fifth-placed City.

“We have a responsibility, all of us here, to defend the Chippa United emblem and to take this project to greater heights. We are playing at home and our objective when we take the field is to win and it will not be different on Saturday,” he added.

The game was previously scheduled to be held at East London’s ABSA Stadium, but it was now confirmed that the match will be held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 15:30 on Saturday.

Chippa are currently eighth on the overall ABSA Premiership table with nine points after seven matches, while their opponents, Cape Town City are fifth-placed with 14 points after eight games.