Downs slayers next for Chiefs
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.