Chippa hope to crack Chiefs’ scalp in huge clash

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - VUYOKAZI NKANJENI

Chippa United will be bank­ing on pre­vi­ous re­sults to crack a win over Soweto gi­ants Kaizer Chiefs when the two sides meet in a Premiership League fix­ture on Sat­ur­day, at Moses Mad­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban (6pm).

But most im­por­tantly the Port Eliz­a­beth-based pro­fes­sional soc­cer side will be out to break their three game win­less streak in the league when they play Amakhosi be­hind closed doors.

The Glam­our Boys are still serv­ing their pun­ish­ment for April’s vi­o­lence in Dur­ban. Sat­ur­day’s match will be their sec­ond game of their (Chiefs) three matches with­out sup­port­ers.

Last sea­son the Chilli Boys came away vic­to­ri­ous in both home and away fix­tures.

They beat Chiefs 1-0 in Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in the first leg of fix­tures and went on to thrash them 3-0 at home dur­ing the sec­ond leg of the league.

Chippa will be hop­ing to pull off the same up­set when the two sides meet on Sat­ur­day, as they are on a quest to lift them­selves off the bot­tom of the log.

Coach Eric Tin­kler’s troops lie 13th on the PSL stand­ings hav­ing man­aged to bank only eight points from a pos­si­ble 27 points af­ter nine matches played so far.

De­spite their per­for­mance hav­ing im­proved in their last pre­vi­ous matches, Chippa still strug­gle to find the back of the net.

They have played to three con­sec­u­tive de­feats re­cently, los­ing to High­lands Park, Or­lando Pi­rates and Mamelodi Sun­downs.

In spite of the set­back Tin­kler has ap­plauded his play­ers’ per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the game again­stSun­down­swhich they lost 1-0 at the Sisa Dikashe Sta­dium in East Lon­don.

The coach is adamant that if his troops put on the same show­piece as they did against the Pre­to­ria side, they would def­i­nitely come back with some­thing in the bag against Chiefs.

The Glam­our Boys too have not had the best of starts to their league cam­paign and would be hop­ing to pick up from their re­cent 1-0 suc­cess against Black Leop­ards on Wed­nes­day night.

Chiefs man­aged to pick them­selves up af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 2-1 de­feat to Or­lando Pi­rates to launch a come­back by beat­ing Su­per­sport United 1-0 in the quar­ter fi­nals of the Telkom Knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

A win against Chippa will cre­ate some con­sis­tency in the team’s per­for­mance.

Chiefs are fourth on the log ta­ble with 17 points from 12 games.

Chiefs coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas has warned that Chippa will be tougher than Black Leop­ards, who Amakhosi beat on Wed­nes­day.

Chiefs beat Leop­ards 1-0 at FNB Sta­dium, but are brac­ing for a sterner chal­lenge against Eastern Cape side Chippa.

Chippa are go­ing to be con­sid­er­ably fresher go­ing into the game‚ which could prove a huge fac­tor in their favour.

It will be the first game for Chippa since their 1-0 loss to cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs in East Lon­don a fort­night ago, while Chiefs play a third game in six days.

They beat both Su­per­Sport United – in the Telkom Knock­out quar­ter­fi­nals on Sun­day‚ also at Moses Mab­hida – and Leop­ards by sin­gle goals.

“Maybe we didn’t play our best games, but I’m happy we got the re­sults‚” said Soli­nas.

“Within six days we are trav­el­ling twice up and down to Dur­ban, and you can un­der­stand there will be fa­tigue. But I don’t want to make that an ex­cuse‚” Soli­nas said.

Of their op­po­nents‚ the 50year-old Ital­ian added: “Chippa are a very dan­ger­ous team. They showed that against Or­lando Pi­rates in the Telkom Knock­out. We need th­ese three points, but Chippa will be very dif­fi­cult to beat.”

Chippa had Pi­rates on the back foot for much of their 1-0 Telkom last-16 de­feat against Pi­rates on Oc­to­ber 20‚ de­spite it be­ing played at Bucs’ Or­lando Sta­dium.

Pic­ture: Lefty Shivambu/GALLO IM­AGES

DE­TER­MINED: Eric Tin­kler, coach of Chippa United, hopes to turn around a los­ing streak when they face the might of Kaizer Chiefs on Sat­ur­day.

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