Chippa United vice-captain James Okwuosa is well aware that their Premier League match against in-form Golden Arrows will not be an easy one.
But with Chippa’s good performance so far, Okwuosa is confident his teammates are capable of getting the job done.
After a two-week international break, Chippa return to PSL action on Saturday to play the Durban side at Prince Magogo Stadium, with the kickoff at 3.30pm.
“Our preparations have been going well,” the Nigerian defender said.
“But we know is it is not going to be an easy game. “Arrows are a very good team. They have only lost one of their games this season. They have won away and also drawn some of their matches and that is what has kept them on top of the log. “But with the good form Chippa are showing in the league we are going to come out successful on Saturday.”
Okwuosa said the concentration would not be on how well their opponents had done, but on what Chippa needed to do to win.
The Chilli Boys will be looking to pick up from their 4-1 win against Baroka FC in their last league match. But most importantly, the Port Elizabeth team want to maintain their unbeaten league run.
In three matches Chippa have recorded two wins and a draw.
Okwuosa said staying consistent was key in the league and scoring goals was part of that.
“In each game, we are playing to score. If you can’t score you can’t win. “Obviously, we are expecting to score more goals and it’s team work,” he said.
“When you play well you score more goals, like we did in our game against Baroka. “Scoring goals will also help the team with defence, because when you score more goals the spirit will be higher,” he said.
“To be consistent is important. We want to see if we can push forward to see if we can win a trophy at the end of this season.”
Meanwhile, Arrows coach Clinton Larsen said an injection of experience into his squad was the secret behind their superb start in the new league campaign.
Arrows are second on the log, going into the weekend matches.
“Last season we had a very young squad‚ but we made sure we added good experience in the in the last transfer window and we are a better balanced squad now‚”
Larsen said. “Before we would sometimes battle in pressure situations through a lack of experience. We had a lot of talent, but not the know-how to close out games.”
“But having brought in the likes of Lerato Lamola‚ Wayde Jooste‚ Lehlohonolo Nonyane and Limbikani Mzava, these are players who understand the pressure of playing in the PSL.”
– Additional reporting by Nick Said.