Much at stake for Chippa in fi­nal show­down with Polokwane City

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT - Vuyokazi Nkan­jeni nkan­jeniv@ti­soblack­star.co.za

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.

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