On Chippa United’s season so far
We as the club’s players know that results haven’t been going our way and we are working very hard to change that. It has to happen now before the December break, otherwise the going will get tougher when we come back. That time, everyone in the league, in every position, is fighting. The ones on top are fighting for honours, those that are in the middle are either consolidating their position in the Top Eight or fighting to get into the Top Eight, while at the bottom, everybody is fighting to escape relegation. We are just waiting for that one victory so that we can turn the corner and start winning again.
On the goalscoring crisis
We are not playing badly at all, but one of our biggest challenges is (scoring) goals. We are not scoring enough goals to win matches, but that one is not only Chippa United’s problem, but rather a national crisis. If you look at the Absa Premiership goalscorers’ chat, you will see that the top goal scorer is only sitting at five goals after 10 games. That is why I am saying that it is a national crisis. However, we haven’t stopped working on it. We know that for any team to win a football match, they have to score goals. It is just a matter of time before most of the chances we create turn into goals.
On Joel Masutha the new coach
The coach arrived on Tuesday, but we haven’t stopped working hard
We lost 1-0 to AmaZulu at home in our last game and that was disappointing, like really disappointing. Our supporters came in numbers to support the team, but we once again let them down. We have to turn the corner. I mean, we have to start by collecting points at home. Teams that are not above our level shouldn’t beat us, especially at home. We have to make sure that we get maximum points at home.
Well, obviously, losing someone you were working with is not something that you can just ignore, but I am not sure if losing coach Eric has impacted negatively on the team. It’s only been a couple of days since he left and for us as players there’s not much we can say because the club has made a decision and we have to accept it and move on. We have to focus on getting the team to a better position and the decisions lie with the management as to who leaves and who arrives.
We want to give them the best Christmas present by winning the three games before the December break. We will meet as senior players after the head coach has addressed us so that we can discuss the way forward on how we can help the team going forward. To all our supporters and football supporters in general, please be safe during this festive season. We need you all in the stands next year, so please take care! Ruzaigh Gamildien, Chippa United midfielder