Daily Dispatch

Chippa plan to cross that winning line

- By VUYOKAZI NKANJENI

HAVING reached two cup semifinals last season, Chippa United coach Dan Malesela is desperate to go one step further and win a trophy this coming season.

The Chilli Boys reached the last four of both the MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup in 2016-17 but had to settle for a disappoint­ing 13th place finish in the league.

Malesela is hoping that a new season brings about change and that he can turn his team’s fortunes around and claim some silverware.

“It’s an aspiration for every club to at least win something, but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and start saying you are going to win this and win that.

“We will try to the best of our ability to see that at least Port Elizabeth has something to celebrate,” he said.

“You can imagine how it would be if we can have just one day where the streets of PE will be filled in celebratin­g silverware. But we cannot jump the gun and say we are going to do this and that . . . we will definitely try and get something this season.”

In order to get the job done the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates defender said his defence needs to be beefed up.

He said he hoped that the new recruits who have been brought into the team will be able to do just that.

“With the few changes we have made to the squad, we are also trying to find leadership in the players that come in. We are trying to erase all the negatives that happened last season.

“We will try to beef up our defence. There are a number of players that we are bringing in.

“We have strikers, we were struggling with injuries that was the problem. We still have Katlego Mashego, Rhulani Manzini and Lerato Manzini. We’ve also added one more striker that will be announced later,” he said.

Malesela is confident Chippa fans can expect more joy and less pain during this coming season in terms of the club’s performanc­e.

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