Nowhere to hide for Chiefs in Chippa duel

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Kaizer Chiefs should be afraid of Chippa United, who have re­cently beaten Cape Town City, Mamelodi Sun­downs and Bid­vest Wits.

Amakhosi should brace them­selves for the mother of all bat­tles when they meet the high­rid­ing team in a Telkom Knock­out quar­ter­fi­nal en­counter at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth this af­ter­noon.

Sud­denly, the Chilli Boys are hot and are the team to beat af­ter three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries that fol­lowed five suc­ces­sive draws.

What­ever Te­boho Moloi has been do­ing with Chippa be­hind the scenes is be­gin­ning to pay div­i­dends.

This should make them favourites go­ing into this af­ter­noon’s clash.

Chippa has not only been play­ing an en­ter­tain­ing brand of foot­ball, but an ef­fec­tive one, par­tic­u­larly when go­ing for­ward.

Af­ter up­set­ting Sun­downs in the last 16 rounds of the tour­na­ment, they went on to con­vinc­ingly beat Wits in their own back­yard on Wed­nes­day evening.

Steve Komphela should be wor­ried about Chippa’s pace go­ing for­ward, with the likes of Sa­muel Julies, Paseka Mako and Menzi Ma­suku fir­ing on all cylin­ders.

Julies, who scored a brace against Wits, has now scored three in two matches fol­low­ing his goal against Sun­downs.

Chiefs’ rear­guard will have to be at their best to stop Chippa’s young­sters.

They go to the game af­ter three clean sheets against Or­lando Pi­rates, AmaZulu and Polok­wane City.

This is largely due to Itume­leng Khune’s hero­ics in goals, which has kept them in the game so far.

But some­thing that will be wor­ry­ing Komphela is the fact that his play­ers are miss­ing clear-cut scor­ing chances. De­spite cre­at­ing chances, Chiefs fired blanks against City on Tues­day, and Komphela will have to work on this as­pect of their game to im­prove.

Chiefs will pose their own threats as Ge­orge Maluleka and Joseph Molan­goane have re­cently re­dis­cov­ered their form.

The duo have given Chiefs the needed boost, es­pe­cially when at­tack­ing, and Chippa should be wary of them.

Molan­goane should be even more mo­ti­vated play­ing against his for­mer team­mates.

The two teams will bring Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium to a stand­still as a spot in the semi-fi­nals beck­ons one of them. This should be an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair as Chippa al­ways pushes for­ward.

If their re­cent per­for­mances are any­thing to go by, sup­port­ers are in for a treat.

PHOTO: BAKONEPIX

IM­PRES­SIVE Sa­muel Julies has scored three goals in two matches

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