An­other daunt­ing game for Chippa

Mosi­mane vows to stay calm in lead­ing team through slump

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Vuyokazi Nkan­jeni nkan­jeniv@ti­soblack­star.co.za

CHIPPA United coach Te­boho Moloi has asked his play­ers to put their hearts on the line when they face Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knock­out last eight at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth on Sun­day.

Af­ter see­ing off Mamelodi Sun­downs 1-0 in the last 16 of the KO Cup in Mdantsane on Sun­day, the Chilli Boys face an­other daunt­ing task when they host the Soweto gi­ants.

Sa­muel Julies helped Chippa ad­vance to the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion when he found the back of the net in the sec­ond half.

Care­taker coach Moloi seems to have turned Chippa United’s for­tunes around and has asked his play­ers to give their all against Amakhosi on Sun­day, from 3.30pm.

“It is a very dif­fi­cult game. I know, I come from the ri­vals [Or­lando Pi­rates] and that’s al­ways in my heart.

“They [Kaizer Chiefs] will al­ways be my ri­vals,” Moloi said.

“There is no way that we are go­ing to face them and not fight.

“But we need to play as well,” the for­mer Pi­rates mid­fielder said.

His team had to fight for every inch against Sun­downs, he said.

“It was a dif­fi­cult win, we can’t take any­thing away from Sun­downs. “They gave us a run for our money. “It was an ex­cit­ing game, it could have gone ei­ther way be­cause both teams never sat back. “We were at­tack­ing each other.” Moloi would like noth­ing more than to beat his old ri­vals, but be­fore he nav­i­gates that match he needs to plot a path to vic­tory over Wits at the Bid­vest Sta­dium in Johannesburg in the PSL to­mor­row night.

Moloi has not lost a game at Chippa since tak­ing over from Dan Male­sela and at­tributes his seven-match un­beaten run to hard work.

“I had to shut the door first [in de­fence]. Go­ing for­ward, this team never had prob­lems, but in the past when they went for­ward, they went with num­bers and were not aware of what was hap­pen­ing be­hind them. “We had to work on that one first. “Ev­ery­thing goes with hard work, these boys are pre­pared to dig in and work very hard,” he said.

“We are not a fin­ished prod­uct yet, we are a prod­uct at work. We still need to work hard to be able to change from de­fence to at­tack.”

PITSO Mosi­mane is stand­ing by his phi­los­o­phy and ap­proach to the game and look­ing for his Mamelodi Sun­downs charges to dig deeper as they deal with the fall­out from three suc­ces­sive losses and elim­i­na­tion from the Telkom Knock­out.

“In the life of a coach‚ there are two things that hap­pen – you are be­ing praised or crit­i­cised‚” he said af­ter the 1-0 de­feat to Chippa United in the first round of the cup in Mdantsane on Sun­day.

“Some­times you are be­ing crit­i­cised un­fairly and other times it is jus­ti­fied.

“Other times you are praised. But you must never let it af­fect your life and your ca­reer or your be­lief in the team or your phi­los­o­phy of the way football should be played.

“We have to move on. We have to go through this [slump].”

Mosi­mane said he had to keep up a sto­ical front now as the club read­ied for to­mor­row’s en­counter against Or­lando Pi­rates.

“I’m the leader. If I press panic but­tons then the play­ers will also lose it. The real­ity is to stay grounded.

“I’m the head of the club and keep ev­ery­one calm.

“Also, we must look at the game. Are we play­ing well? Yes,” he said.

“We dom­i­nated all of the last three games we played‚” Mosi­mane said of the home de­feats to Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu and now the firstever loss to Chippa.

“I don’t press panic but­tons be­cause I look at what’s hap­pen­ing there and I un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing.

“If you don’t un­der­stand that’s when you start pan­ick­ing.”

Sun­day’s de­feat was the first time in six years that Sun­downs had been knocked out in the first round of the Telkom Knock­out.

“We pushed them and tried to go in and pen­e­trate but we couldn’t.

“To be hon­est‚ it didn’t hap­pen‚ we didn’t cre­ate any real chances‚” Mosi­mane said of the Sun­downs’ show­ing in the Eastern Cape.

PITSO MOSI­MANE

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