CHIPPA United boss Siviwe Mpengesi has appealed to the club’s supporters to be patient after his team suffered a late loss against SuperSport United in their Absa Premier Soccer League match at the weekend.
This comes after the Port Elizabeth-based PSL side went down 2-1 to SuperSport United in a PSL match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, with coach Roger Sikhakhane’s side conceding the second goal in the 86th minute.
The defeat meant Sikhakhane experienced his third loss to go with a draw from four matches since being officially appointed Chippa United head coach early this month.
Chippa United were disappointed to end the year on that note as they were playing their final game for the first half of the PSL season, but Sikhakhane was pleased he achieved his objective of finishing in the top-eight bracket before the Christmas break.
Mpengesi backed his coach. “Let’s give the coach a chance because he produced good results when he was an acting head coach,” he said.
“We will come back next year a better side because Sikhakhane knows our objective is to maintain the club’s status in the PSL by the end of the season.”
Chippa United ended the first half of the season in eighth spot on the log table with 22 points from 17 games after winning six matches, drawing four and losing seven.
Sikhakhane said he was happy with the position of the team on the log standings, despite finishing off the year with the loss against SuperSport United.
“We knew before the game that they would come hard at us because they were desperate for points,” he said.
“We missed a lot of chances in the first half after we scored an early goal and we let the game go.
“In the second half, we put ourselves under pressure and that is when we conceded two goals.”
He said the team would be back early next month to prepare for the remaining 13 league games before the end of the season in May.
Sikhakhane said the team would host a friendly game against German side VfL Wolfsburg at the Wolfson Stadium on January 18.
“The match against the Germans will give me a better understanding in terms of the readiness of the players and their fitness level after coming back from the holidays.
“This will be a charity event but we will take the clash very seriously,” Sikhakhane said.
Chippa United will resume their PSL programme on February 10 against University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium.
The first home game will be played three days later against Maritzburg United. – Mthetho Ndoni