Pi­rates out­play Chippa in Diski fes­ti­val

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Chippa United Re­serves side was out­played by a dom­i­nant Or­lando Pi­rates Re­serve side in a Mul­tiChoice Diski Chal­lenge Fes­ti­val clash at Sisa Dukashe Sta­dium at the week­end.

The vis­i­tors opened the scor­ing when Kag­iso Madisha scored in the eighth minute, then Chippa United fol­lowed with a goal from Cwango Stofile in the 57th minute.

The young Soweto gi­ants also came back with a stun­ning goal from Simiso Bophela in the 59th minute.

Young Chilli Boys coach Glen Min­nie was quick to ad­mit they were un­able to tame their vis­i­tors or even dic­tate the game.

“We were a bit out of our thoughts in the first 10 min­utes of the game. But we knew how they were go­ing to play, they were go­ing to use the wing backs more. So I said our wings must tuck in with them.

“Then the goal, we al­lowed the ball to bounce in the box – three of us, but what do you in de­vel­op­ment? We just have to soldier on.”

Min­nie said at one stage be­fore Zingisani Mavi was sent pack­ing after he got a red for a pro­fes­sional foul on Glad­win Shi­tolo, his boys had bet­ter con­trol of the game.

“I was a bit con­cerned when we got the red card but the boys be­gan to un­der­stand and re­act bet­ter to my in­struc­tions.

“We played bet­ter while we were play­ing three at the back mak­ing sure that we are tight by not giv­ing any­thing away as we were one man short.

“And I was happy with the way they han­dled the pres­sure after that red card. The pres­sure was un­be­liev­able. And if I were to de­scribe this game I'd say it was in­tense and sat­is­fy­ing,” he said.

Min­nie gave praises to the Chilli Boys first team player he bor­rowed for the game, Zusakhe Sali, for his stun­ning per­for­mance that earned him the man of the match award.

“It's no mis­take that he's signed with the first team, it shows that there's some work that we are do­ing. He’s a lo­cal boy from the East­ern Cape, it's fan­tas­tic see­ing him.

“Those are the re­wards that you get as coach,” Min­nie said.

Pi­rates Re­serves coach Michael Loft­man said the windy con­di­tions at the NU2 venue re­quired them to play smart and not burn too much en­ergy chas­ing the ball.

“We had to be smart and con­trol the game by keep­ing the ball on the floor and we did very well – we man­aged to score which is very great.

“In the sec­ond half we also had many chances to score, we dom­i­nated and I think we could have scored four goals at least.”

He said there were key ar­eas he was happy they man­aged to be suc­cess­ful in like ball pos­ses­sion.

“We didn't give away any chances, but fit­ness is still some­thing we need to work on. I could see tired legs and cramps in the last 30 min­utes,” Loft­man said.

Pic­ture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

GAME ON: Or­lando Pi­rates’s Bon­isile Mbangwa and Chippa United’s Cwangco Stofile bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the Diski Chal­lange match at the Sisa Dukashe Sta­diun on Sun­day.

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