It’s do-or-die time

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Now out of the Nedbank Cup competition, Chippa United will put all their energy this season into fighting for survival in the Absa Premiership.Chippa will be hoping to get maximum points against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria (3pm).The Port Elizabeth side was booted out of the Nedbank Cup by Kaizer Chiefs after losing 4-2 in the semifinals.Chippa coach Clinton Larsen said Sundowns could expect to face the same fighting spirit his boys displayed on Saturday night against Amakhosi.“That’s all I can ask from my troops – to make sure that they give this type of performance. [Then] I know we will get it.“We have a few boys itching to come onto the field, the likes of Bangaly Keïta, Mark Mayambela, Gerald Modisane and William Twala.“These players are itching to get a run and I believe that if they get one against Sundowns they will give us their best to try and get the results we want,” the coach said.The Chilli Boys are on safe ground solely because of goal difference.They are level on 24 points with relegation candidates Baroka FC, who are 15th on the log.Larsen is fully aware that Tuesday’s game will not be easy, against a Sundowns side that still has its eye on the league title this season.Sundowns are only three points away from log-leaders Orlando Pirates, so a win against Chippa is what coach Pitso Mosimane will be out for.The Pretoria side lost to the Chilli Boys in the Nedbank Cup but will have a totally different game plan for this league fixture.Larsen has stressed the importance of grinding out points in the four remaining games of the season instead of merely playing pretty football.“We have to make sure that we get a point or three from every single game between now and the end of the season. I think we will be just fine,” he said.Chippa will have only two days of rest before playing yet another daunting game, this one against Cape Town City on Friday, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.They will then have a week’s break before travelling to the Pietersburg Stadium to play Polokwane City.The Chilli Boys will close their season at home on May 11 against the Glamour Boys, at the Bay stadium.

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