Chippa looking to end poor run

CHIPPA United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela is looking to end the club’s poor run in the Nedbank Cup when the team play Baroka at East London’s Buffalo City Stadium on Sunday (kickoff 3pm).

The Chilli Boys have not got past the last-32 stage of the tournament in four attempts.

Last season, the PE-based club were knocked out of the competition on penalties by ABC Motsepe side Natal United after the game ended in a goalless draw.

Malesela is adamant the team will rectify the past.

“It’s another myth to be broken and hopefully we will break it. All these myths, we have to break them up,” he said.

“Looking at where they [Baroka] are on the log, if their league stopped right now they would be promoted.

“Then we will basically be playing a PSL team. They are topping everybody in that stream and obviously they are looking to be promoted.

“It means they are a side that you cannot underestimate. They are a team that you have to really push hard to try to knock out.”

Malesela said his aim was for the club to go all the way and win the Nedbank Cup.

“We would like to finish anywhere we deserve to finish. If it’s the final or winning the cup it is okay.

“I am one who says if we are beaten by a team and we are beaten very well by somebody who is stronger than us, I do not complain.

“But if we are beaten by a team that I felt ‘Wow how did this happen’? then I’m not satisfied,” he said.

“One wants to have a history with the club and have a recognisable history.

“If you finish in the semifinals of the Nedbank, it’s not history per se, it’s something that people will forget. But winning it will be something that people will remember every time.

“If we can win the cup, which is possible, it’s fine. We will go for that. If we don’t then we must have learnt something out of our campaign.

“I don’t think playing the first round and getting out of the first round is much of a lesson.

“You have to go through other stages so that you know how to prepare yourself and you know what to do for these matches.”

The former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns defender said his focus was not only on the league.

“We are forcing both in the league and the tournament and will try to get as far as we can.”

The Chilli Boys’ will play without the injured Diamond Thopola and David Zulu.

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