Much at stake for Chippa in final showdown with Polokwane City
CHIPPA United are left with only one more shot at clinching a top-eight finish in the Premier Soccer League this season when they play Polokwane City, at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane today (3pm).
This last league fixture of the season comes with many possibilities for both teams, meaning the game is a must-win for both parties.
A triumph for the Chilli Boys books them a spot in the lucrative MTN 8 competition, while a victory for Polokwane could see them escape the gruelling promotional playoffs and looking forward to another round of action in the PSL next season.
The last time Chippa finished in the upper half of the log was under former coach Dan “Dance” Malesela when they completed the 2015-16 season in sixth position.
Having said that, the Port Elizabeth side should expect a tough match against the Rise and Shine today.
Early this week, coach Vladislav Heric said he had prepared his troops for war against a Polokwane side who would fight hard in their bid to escape relegation. Chippa had a two-week break from action after their 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in East London.
The former Bay United mentor said the break had given enough time to recovery from a flu virus that had hit the entire squad and technical team.
“I was against the break because it kills the momentum, but I am also happy that we had this break because we had flu all round,” Heric said.
“If this match was played last weekend I don’t know what we would have done.
“All of us suffered the flu. It was something that I had never seen in my life before. Thanks to the break, now we have 18 people to compete for the game.”
Chippa are eighth on the log with 36 points from 29 matches.