Chippa reshuffle in chase for points


WAY AHEAD: Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has big ambitions for the future of the club Picture: GALLO IMAGES
WAY AHEAD: Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has big ambitions for the future of the club. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

There will be a major reshuffle in Chippa United ahead of their Premier Soccer League match against Bidvest Wits at the Dobsonville Stadium tonight (7.30pm), says coach Dan Malesela.

The Port Elizabeth-based side have been without a win in their last three league matches.

Chippa experienced their first defeat of the season at the hands of Golden Arrows and that was followed by draws against Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars.

Malesela is hoping his charges can end their winless streak and bring him much-needed results.

He said his troops would be out to get the full three points tonight against Wits.

“Teams are different. If you start pre-empting what is going to happen or what your approach is going to be, it will be difficult,” the former Cape Town All Stars mentor said.

“In the first half during our match against Platinum Stars, we tried to change the formation a bit.We tried to have more bodies going for ward.”

“We ’ll still try to do that against Wits, because our target was to get at least six or seven points from the last three games we have played. “From two matches, we have two points so far.”

“Now [with an away game] you are forced to say, let me take a chance and go for three points – so that at least we can get five points from the three matches.”

“Our approach will be the same – attacking football – but we have to change a number of playing personnel.”

The coach said when things were not going well in the team, one was forever chopping and changing players in an attempt to get the starting 11.

He said they were trying to find a balance in the team and the longer that took the more difficult things would be in terms of getting results.

“I am hoping we will find the balance soon, before we reach our 10th game.”

Asked for an update on Rhulani Manzini, Malesela said the striker might be back at training only next year as he was still far from recovery.

He has been out of action formore than amonth after he fractured his metatarsal against Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinal.

The Chilli Boys are eighth on the log, with nine points from six matches.

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