In an attempt to keep the players in the zone during the international soccer break, Chippa United will play National First Division side Mthatha Bucks in a closed practice match today.
The closed session game will take place at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Chippa coach Dan “Dance” Malesela said the game was meant to give all those players who had not yet had game time a chance. “Everyone will have a chance,” Malesela said.
“We are trying to squeeze everybody to play. “But the guys who have been used regularly for the past two games will possibly play less time than everybody else.”
The Chilli Boys had an impressive debut in the MTN8 after a 2-0 win against Platinum Stars in the quarterfinals.
They will face Premier Soccer League champion Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the two-legged semifinal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next week on Sunday.
The match against Bucks had nothing to do with his preparations for the upcoming MTN8 semifinals, Malesela said. “It has a lot to with players who are not having a chance to play.
So we need to get them some game time,” he said. Chippa had a good start to the season, beating Free State Stars 2-1 in their first league match.
When asked if the international break had come at a bad time with his charges roaring, Malesela said: “There is no good time or bad time for the break.
“When you start a season, you cannot say you are going to have a good start or bad start, because we had a break. “You must just start very well.
We need to improve from where we are – and that is it,” he said. “If you focus too much on how the break is going to affect you, it will affect you whether it’s negative or positive.
“So, I don’t focus on that. We train every day . . . we continue and just go with the flow.”