Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela is optimistic that his troops will have no problems with banging in goals against Golden Arrows when the two sides meet tomorrow in a Premier League fixture.
However, Malesela said his biggest concern was catching up with the other league teams in terms of games played.
Arrows have played five league matches so far this season and the Port Elizabeth side only three.
Some of Chippa’s games have been moved to new dates due to their involvement in the MTN8 competition.
The Chilli Boys are sixth on the log, with seven points collected in the three games.
“I am optimistic that we will score goals on Saturday,”Malesela said yesterday.
“It might be three, it might be more – but it all depends on what the opponents employ. “Our biggest concern is that we are catching up in terms of games.”
“When you play teams that are above you, you actually need to make sure that they do not extend the gap. “For us, it’s a very important game, more so that it’s an away game. We have come to understand things about this team.”
“We had the chance to see them in their last match. “It’s a game that can be very interesting , ”Malesela said.
“We want to keep our unbeaten run in the league. We never want to lose to any team.”
Malesela said he would not be making any changes to his side and fans could expect the same attacking Chippa team.
Meanwhile, Chippa striker David Zulu, who scored his first goal of the season in the 4-1 win against Baroka FC, said on the chippautdfc.co.za website that he was enjoying his football under Malesela.
“I am feeling good about my game. It is progressing and I am not worried at all,” Zulu said.
“It felt good to grab my first goal of the season against Baroka. “We played a good game and the movement was good [for Chippa United] that night. “It is my job as a striker to score goals. The goal has helped boost my confidence.”
“I am looking forward to picking up from that and do even better for the club this season,” Zulu said.
“We all believe as players that we can improve and make this a season to remember in the history of the club.”
Chippa will play without attacking midfielder Tshwarelo Bereng, who has been ruled out for three weeks due to a quad strain injury.
Also, Malesela said striker Rhulani Manzini had three more weeks to a full recovery.
Manzini was booked off for six weeks after a metatarsal (bones in the foot) fracture injury during the first leg of the MTN8 semifinals against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chippa know they will be in for a tough fight against the inform Arrows, who are second on the log with 10 points.
The game starts at 3.30pm at the Princes Magogo Stadium.