Dance Turns On The Magic For Chippa As Cup Semis Loom
Chippa United Preparing For Nedbank Cup Semi-Final
Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela’s return to the technical team bench of Chippa United has boosted the side in their attempt to secure safety on the Absa Premiership log.
Malesela returned to Chippa this week and resumed his coaching duties with the Chilli Boys’ first team, following his special leave that was confirmed by the Port Elizabeth club at the end of last month.
In his first game in charge on his return, after taking over from Mbuyiselo Sambu, who has been an interim coach, Malesela guided the Chilli Boys to an impressive 3-0 win over SuperSport United last night.
The striker, Rhulani Manzini, bagged a hat-trick as Chippa showed their seriousness about wanting to stay in the PSL for next season. The win has lifted the club to 13th place on the log, as they await their last league game of the season, which will be against 14th placed Free State Stars in their backyard at Goble Park Stadium on May 27.
With the focus turning into Nedbank Cup action this weekend, Chippa prepare to host SuperSport in the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
Chippa’s Communications Manager, Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko, is pleased with the team’s progress in the competition thus far, as they prepare to host the reigning champions at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Saturday.
“Obviously, we turn our focus now to the cup game and it’s a different ball game. Cup games are different and we’ll play a totally different game. We want to win and we’ll play to win. The plan is to win and proceed to the next round. But we must remain humble and keep our feet on the ground. We’ll give it our best. We are playing in East London and we expect the city to be buzzing,” Zibeko told the Siya crew.
‘Trompies’ says reaching the final of the competition will be a perfect reward for the club’s chairman, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi.
“I think that one will be a reward for Mr. Chippa Mpengesi for having invested everything in the club. It will be a reward for everyone who has supported this football club.
“But we can’t start to think about the final now. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because we have the semi-final to play first. But it will mean a lot to this football club and the brand.
“In fact, we are already grateful to have reached this stage of the competition and to rub shoulders with the likes of SuperSport in the semi-finals. We are humbled but to reach the final will be special,” concluded Zibeko.