Refreshed Chippa aim for top-five PSL finish

The Chilli Boys resumed their training programme in Port Elizabeth yesterday after returning from a four-day camp that ended in Johannesburg at the weekend.

The players were given time off on Monday.

United executive officer Peter Koutroulis said the players were allowed time off because they had been working hard since the beginning of the year when they returned early from the festive break to prepare for their friendly match against the German side VfL Wolfsburg.

“When we reconvened today [yesterday] after the camp, we observed that the boys were recharged and ready to maintain their top-eight spot on the log.

“Despite the intensive training they are undergoing, they are also involved in social responsibility programmes to get them relaxed psychologically.

“For now our focus is on winning the remaining league games and collecting maximum points to better our position on the log table.”

Koutroulis said the players and coach Ernst Middendorp had made it clear they wanted the team to remain in the PSL next season and would continue to fight for a top-five finish.

United are in eighth position with 22 points from 17 games.

-Mthetho Ndoni

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