Moloi needs to jug­gle his team to best ef­fect

CHIPPA UNITED HAS A MID­WEEK GAME BE­FORE A CUP GAME ON SUN­DAY

Sowetan - - Soccer Strike - By Mark Glee­son

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.

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