Malesela hoping tide will turn

Chippa United’s late goal during their 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United in a Premier Soccer League fixture on Tuesday night has given coach Dan Malesela hope that a win is on the way.

The draw was Chippa’s fourth in the league this season.

The Chilli Boys have recorded only two wins so far, which came earlier in the campaign.

Chippa’s winless streak in the latter part of the year has seen them drop to 10th place on the log with 10 points from 10 matches.

Speaking at a media conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday, Malesela said Tuesday’s game “was OK”.

“It’s that same story of conceding one and missing a lot [of goals]. The only difference here is that at least we scored one and that says something,” he said.

“So long as we are creating it says that there is a possibility we will score and win matches.”

Malesela said the point collected away would, hopefully, have given the team a lift after three consecutive defeats.

However, a win against Kaizer Chiefs at the Bay stadium on Saturday would be a massive boost for the struggling Port Elizabeth team.

“We got a point [against Maritzburg] and we can get some confidence out of that,” he said.

“Three points will be even better and will boost us very much,” he said.

“Plus, we have a bit of a break after our game on Saturday until we play Polokwane [City on December 14].”

He said a win against Chiefs would also help them relax before the Polokwane fixture.