Chilli Boys stage great second-half comeback to upstage Kaizer Chiefs
Chippa United coach Dan Malesela believes his half-time rant is what spurred his players on to their dramatic 3-1 PSL victory over Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
A late brace from Lerato Manzini and another strike from Tshwarelo Bereng saw Chippa United end their seven-match winless streak against the Amakhosi.
The Chilli Boys came back from 1-0 down in the first half to clinch their third league win of the season.
Malesela said it was his tantrum in the change room during the break that got his players motivated.
“I said to the players, if you want to see me fired, because I am on the brink of that, then carry on playing like that,” he said.
“I knew that I had to pull a stunt. One has to play a lot of mind games in the change room to get the players motivated and to help them really want to fight for this victory.
“So, I had to pull some faces and I think it worked. I am very appreciative that in the end we scored more than one goal after quite some time of not scoring.”
Malesela said the win would give the team a bit of breathing space and to reflect before their game against Polokwane City on Wednesday next week.
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela said it was just not their day.
“There is only one result that works at Chiefs and that is a win,” he said.
“A draw is not good, you cannot even think of losing.
“But when the outcome is there you can’t look back. You have to deal with the situation and start moving forward.”
Komphela said it was always going to be tough playing against the Chilli Boys.
He said people should acknowledge the fact that Chippa were playing good soccer and that Malesela be complimented.
“For us, we had a good first half and we got the first goal of the match. I thought a second one would come. We did get chances to take it to 2-0 and make it difficult for them,” Komphela said.
“But again, we waited until the moment where they had two goals back to back and they were highly optimistic.
“I think we defended badly. We gave too much space on our left-back side and we also couldn’t deal with the crosses.
“Not a good day, a bad day completely, but then you have to compliment the opposition for taking their chances.”
“I have never given up in my life‚” was the answer of the Chiefs coach to a question whether he believed he was still the man to lead the club.
“I have to stay calm and take the punches‚ that is a job of the coach. I must stand and be strong.
“I will only waver the minute I feel the pressure that should be on me is getting to my players.”