Middendorp confident of success for Chippa

THERE are no panic buttons being pushed at Chippa United despite just a single point garnered in this year and early elimination from the Nedbank Cup, new coach Ernst Middendorp said.

“I am quite positive. If you saw our secondhalf performance against Ajax on Friday, we have a lot of potential.

“We need 32 points at the end of the season and we have 10 matches to go – five at home and five away.

“I believe we will make those points and my target from the start of my taking this job is to make sure it happens.

“I am 100% convinced this we’ll do. I’m quite sure we’ll get it right,” he said.

Chippa lost 2-0 to Ajax Cape Town but largely outplayed them away on Friday night.

Since Middendorp took over they have also had a narrow defeat at the University of Pretoria plus a draw with Maritzburg United, one of the coach’s old clubs.

Chippa have 23 points from 20 games but have not won a league fixture since late November.

They were also bundled out of the Nedbank Cup by third-tier Natal United on postmatch penalties last month.

Chippa next play Polokwane City at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Ajax coach Roger de Sa says he has both positives and negatives to ponder ahead of the midweek clash against Kaizer Chiefs after his side snapped a sevengame winless streak in the league with victory at the weekend.

The triumph over Chippa has given De Sa cause for both optimism and concern before Wednesday’s clash with the league leaders at Soccer City.

“[One positive was] to see Dominic Isaacs back on the park after his injuries.

“He played 10 to 15 minutes and it was important to see him back in action.” But it was not all roses, De Sa said. “There were a lot more negatives that we have to work out.

“We’ve got to keep the ball longer. We were too slow.”

-Mark Gleeson

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