Shot in the arm for Chippa United

Chilli Boys surge to 3-0 win over Leopards

Erick Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs and Ashley du Preez of Stellenbosch FC challenge for possession during their DStv Premiership match the at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Erick Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs and Ashley du Preez of Stellenbosch FC challenge for possession during their DStv Premiership match the at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday

The three points and clean sheet Chippa United achieved against Black Leopards was a great confidence boost before their DStv Premiership soccer fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday, Chippa goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali said.

The Chilli Boys thrashed a 10-man Leopards outfit 3-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.

Goals came from Andile Mbenyane, Maloisane Mokhele and Kurt Lentjies.

The 32-year-old goalie said he would go into Wednesday’s league match against Celtic oozing confidence after the clean sheet against Leopards.

“We are very happy as a team to have collected three points and getting a clean sheet is a big thing,” he said.

“It’s not easy coming to Thohoyandou to play Black Leopards, but we managed the game and got the three points.” 

The former Free State Stars goalkeeper said in their past matches the Chilli Boys had struggled to find their feet, but then were able to get the ball rolling in the second half.

“In the first half usually we create chances but we don’t convert them.

“It’s something that has been going on for a while now, looking at the past games that we have played.

“We went into the changing room and the coach told us that this is personal, this is football.

“The more we create and we don’t score these people will score one goal and it’s going to be difficult for us to come back.

“The coach gave us that push that we have to score as many goals as possible, because it’s not easy just coming here and playing Leopards.”

On Wednesday’s game against Siwelele, Mtshali said Chippa would go in with the same fighting spirit they had against Leopards.

“It’s not going to be an easy game as Celtics have been doing well in the past few games, but we are going there as a team.” 

“We know our identity, we know our style of play, we are going to go there and fight for three points,” he said.

Kaizer Chiefs kept their purple patch intact‚ with their 0-0 draw against Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday stretching their unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership to four straight matches.

Amakhosi will  not be happy‚ though‚ with this point given the fact that they had possession but lacked the final ball to really crack their opponents.

The same‚ in terms of form‚ could not be said of Steve Barker’s team, who were hoping for the best having only picked up two points in their last three.

Stellenbosch had come into this encounter on the back of a disappointing midweek 3-2 home defeat against fellow mid-table team Baroka FC.

Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt started this match with probably his best players outside of the defence in Lebogang Manyama‚ man-of-the-match Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Happy Mashiane all supporting stand-in captain Samir Nurković in the striking position.

Erstwhile central defender Daniel Cardoso and Darrel Matsheke anchored the midfield.

Stellenbosch were just content with Chiefs having the ball‚ and defended well and in numbers when their opponents reached the final third.

Hunt will want Chiefs to go to the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates on Saturday with their unbeaten run maintained.

But to do that‚ Chiefs must avoid defeat at home against Baroka on Tuesday.

For Stellenbosch their struggle continues as they will  go to AmaZulu in Durban on Friday still looking for their first victory in five matches. — Additional reporting by TimesLIVE


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