Malesela happy with side’s point

Dan Malesela during the Nedbank Cup semi final press conference with United FC and Kaizer Chiefs from PSL Headquarters on May 02, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Dan Malesela during the Nedbank Cup semi final press conference with United FC and Kaizer Chiefs from PSL Headquarters on May 02, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela is happy with the point his team managed to secure against Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday night in a Premier Soccer League fixture, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The game showed little spark as there were not too many shots at goals.

Both teams failed to convert the few opportunities they had at goals.

Despite the goalless draw, Chippa remain unbeaten at home this season.

The Port Elizabeth side are sixth on the Premier League log, with eight points from five matches.

“One is just grateful that we at least got a point out of this game,” Malesela said.

“It was not an easy match. “There is a lot that one has to prepare for. I think we messed up in the middle. We didn’t get what we usually get from our wingers.”

“The trick will be if we eventually find the core of a starting eleven, then we’ll be getting somewhere. “I have noticed a number of things I can change within that middle that I think will give us better results , ” the coach said.

The Chilli Boys are playing impressive football and winning the ball, but failing to score.

“Let’s be honest, we are struggling at the top,” Malesela said.

“We really are struggling with strikers. We still need to work on that, but it’s not a massive struggle because we still create chances. “We need to convert that. But until such time that we find a balance and the right personnel within the same team, we’ll be OK.”

“Also that we are forcing teams to defend rather than anything else. That is a big plus as well.”

The coach also expressed his concerns over deliberate time-wasting during matches.

He said the fact that coaches did not think about the supporters was very disappointing.

“It seems like everybody except us at Chippa are doing it [wasting time]. “People must stop the tricks and little things they do. They don’t help build football,” he said.

But Malesela said South African football was in a good position now, because of Mamelodi Sundowns winning the Caf title.

They have put the country on the map to be good examples and ambassadors of football on the continent.

“However, having said that, my focus is on Chippa United and that is what I will do, but I am just trying to help South African football as well.”

“To say guys let’s not do this let’s stop it. If we are saying fair play, let’s stick to it.”

Chippa will be without their yellow-carded key defender and captain James Okwuosa when they host Platinum Stars tomorrow, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, from 8pm.

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