Downs slay­ers next for Chiefs

The Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Mazola Molefe

CHIPPA United, who took the big scalp of African Cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs in the open­ing round of the Telkom Knock­out yes­ter­day, will again en­joy the ad­van­tage of a home clash when they host Kaizer Chiefs in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the same tour­na­ment this com­ing week­end.

The Chilli Boys beat Sun­downs for the first time in a topflight clash, dom­i­nat­ing play at the Sisa Dukashe Sta­dium in East Lon­don to keep alive their hopes of win­ning sil­ver­ware.

A for­mer Brazil­ian in Sa­muel Julies came off the bench to score with vir­tu­ally his first touch to sink his ex em­ploy­ers. Chippa, un­der the tute­lage of Te­boho Moloi, con­tin­ued their un­beaten run since he took over in Septem­ber from Dan Male­sela. He’d only been get­ting draws un­til his first ever vic­tory came at the same venue a week ear­lier against strug­gling Cape Town City.

For Sun­downs, the wheels have come off as they bat­tle to shake off their slump.

“Does this mean we are now a bad side? Not at all. I am the coach and have been here for five years. I know where we’ve gone wrong,” said Sun­downs men­tor Pitso Mosi­mane.

The Brazil­ians still showed their qual­ity, but couldn’t get the goals as strik­ers Thokozani Sekot­long, Khama Bil­liat and Percy Tau ap­peared to have left their scor­ing boots at home.

The loss was Sun­downs’ third in a row – hav­ing been out­classed 2-1 by Kaizer Chiefs two weeks ago and then AmaZulu by the same score­line a few days later.

Mosi­mane, who has won six tro­phies in his time as Downs coach, has in­deed warned the club sup­port­ers to “buckle up” as their beloved team is set for a tur­bu­lent cou­ple of months due to their poor do­mes­tic form. Sun­downs were also re­cently elim­i­nated from the CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

In the other quar­ter­fi­nal matches, Or­lando Pi­rates face Polok­wane City for a chance to avenge the league de­feat from a few weeks ago.

Chippa host­ing Chiefs is ar­guably the pick of the draw.

There will also be a new cham­pion crowned this year af­ter Baroka FC elim­i­nated hold­ers Cape Town City.

Baroka will travel to Jo­han­nes­burg to play Bid­vest Wits. The two teams also played in a league clash a week ago, which Wits won nar­rowly by 1-0.

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