Moloi needs to juggle his team to best effect
CHIPPA UNITED HAS A MIDWEEK GAME BEFORE A CUP GAME ON SUNDAY
Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi is facing a selection dilemma as he ponders his approach to tomorrow night’s Premier Soccer League encounter at champions Bidvest Wits.
Not only is influential midfielder Mark Mayambela potentially out for the next six weeks with a fracture in his foot, but Moloi must also consider the fitness of his players ahead of the weekend’s Telkom Knockout tie against Kaizer Chiefs.
Having overcome Mamelodi Sundowns in a taxing game on Sunday, Moloi now has to juggle concerns over freshness as he tackles the midweek league assignment and then the weekend cup tie.
Moloi has tried to downplay the Chiefs match by saying that because the Telkom Knockout does not offer qualification to an African club competition Chippa are not that interested in winning it. But it is a real chance for the club to grow its brand and get their first serious piece of silverware.
They had never won a match in the competition before Sunday’s success in Mdantsane.
The temptation will be to rest key players for the cup tie at the weekend and field a weakened, or even second-string, side against the champions.
But that could backfire in terms of confidence and morale if Chippa then suffer a heavy defeat in Johannesburg.
“We will start the game on the basis we have a point in the pocket already and will do all we can to keep it first and see if we can’t steal the other two points as well,” said Moloi.
But he admitted he was still undecided over which approach to take. “I just hope that Sandile Zuke and Katlego Mashego will be back from injury to give us a few more options,” he added.
INJURED: Chippa United midfielder Mark Mayambela will be out of action for up to six weeks with a broken foot.