First test at home for Chippa’s new coach
Chippa United face Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership bottom-of-the-log clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (3.30pm).
Both teams are desperately looking to collect points in order to move away from the relegation zone .
Chippa are second from the bottom with only 12 points from 17 games.
The Team of Choice are rock bottom, a point behind the hosts.
The Port Elizabeth-based professional soccer side have not had the best season so far.
Just past the season’s halfway mark, Chippa have lost nine of their league games, drawn six and have picked up only two wins.
The team’s inability to secure good results has seen many coaches come and go, with the latest axing being that of Joel Masutha, who was replaced by Clinton Larsen.
Vladislav Heric was appointed ahead of the start of the campaign, but was fired without taking charge of a game.
He was replaced by Dan Malesela, who gave way to Eric Tinkler.
The Chilli Boys return to the Bay after a month’s absence, with their last match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium dating back to November when they lost 1-0 to AmaZulu.
The team last tasted victory at home in October when they beat Free State Stars 1-0.
They will be out to pick up their second win at the NMB Stadium and third success of the season on Saturday.
However, all eyes will be on Larsen as he takes on his first test at his new home.
Larsen parted ways with Golden Arrows in early December and was roped in by Chilli Boys boss Siviwe Mpengesi in an attempt to save his team from relegation.
He will be looking to make an impressive debut at his new club and what better way to do that than to beat his former team Maritzburg on Saturday...