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Struggling Chippa United dealt another blow ahead of NBC quarter-final against Jomo Cosmos

Struggling Chippa United dealt another blow ahead of NBC quarter-final against Jomo Cosmos

After slipping out of form when they lost 1-0 to ABSA Premiership title contenders, Kaizer Chiefs, at the FNB Stadium last weekend, Chippa United received yet another blow after midfielder, Buyani Sali, was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a leg-break suffered in the same game.

Following an inelegant contention for the ball, Sali sustained a fracture in his shin, which Chippa Physiotherapist, Mark Anderson, described as “an un-displaced tibial fracture contacted on the inside of his right tibia.”

Alexander then confirmed that Sali will be put into a cast for up to six weeks and as a result will be ruled out of action for the rest of the season.

The Chilli Boys are now set to face the only remaining non-PSL side in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals, Jomo Cosmos, at the NMB Stadium on Saturday, and their Head Coach, Jomo Sono has acknowledged that losing Sali was a huge blow for Chippa.

“Losing Sali is a huge blow for them. Him and their captain [Thamsanqa] Sangweni, have a great understanding, but Sangweni is also good, he makes them tick,” Sono told KickOff.

In mentioning Sangweni, the player himself insists that regardless of Jomo Cosmos being in the lower division, they are still a side that cannot be underestimated heading into the knockout clash.

"We will not take them for granted because they are playing in the NFD," Sangweni said.

"We'll take the game as it is and respect Jomo Cosmos' players and everyone. But the most important thing for us is to focus on our own game and try to win it.”

"Everyone is ready even though we've been struggling [in the league], and I think we are ready for this one.”

Ezenkosi, placed 11th in the second tier league, dropped many jaws when they upset Bidvest Wits, who are currently placed second in the PSL, on shoot-outs in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup.

After being nine games winless in the PSL, Chippa will be aware of the potential threats that Jomo Cosmos pose, and will aim to rectify their recent meekly form.

Certainly, Head Coach Dan Malesela, will target a first Nedbank Cup Title aspiration for his charges, regardless of their slumping form. For this, Malesela can to this point provide no concrete reasoning as to why his side has failed to deliver on one too many occasions.

“I’m not one who believes in bad luck or who believes in myths but I really have to find out what is wrong with the team because I don’t see too much that is wrong with the playing side. What I see is wrong is a bit of misfortune,” Malesela told the Chippa media practitioners.

Malesela has however; felt that injuries have forced dispositioning changes to his side on frequent occasions, and thus disrupting the momentous flow of the team from week-to-week transitions.

“I’m basing this on the number of injuries we are getting at the club. Every week I have to move somebody through injury or something of the sort,” Malesela said.

“Just when it looks like we are getting our full team, somebody gets injured. Unfortunately we have now lost [Buyile] Sali and it also looks like Justice Chabalala and Daniel Akpeyi might be out for the next game,” he added.

“Everyone is ready even though we have been struggling in a few games‚ but I think we are ready for this one‚" he went on to say ahead of the clash against Jomo Cosmos on Saturday.

Image: Agonised Buyani Sali in his injury-sustain against the Kaizer Chiefs.