On Chippa United’s sea­son so far

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

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

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