Chippa morale high ahead of Baroka clash
After two successive wins, Chippa United are banking on victory over Baroka FC to lift the team up from the bottom of the Absa Premiership log.
Chippa take on Bakgaga at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday (3.30pm).
The Port Elizabeth soccer side are second from the bottom of the log with 15 points from 18 matches.
They are only one point behind Baroka, who are 13th on the log.
Influential Chippa winger Thabo Rakhale said their 2-1 win against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup last-32 had given the players a major morale boost ahead of Sunday’s game.
“We are excited that we are playing again this weekend, especially after the two wins we have now,” Rakhale said.
“The morale is high and the momentum is increasing.
“In the first two games with the new coach [Clinton Larsen], we played very well and we want to take it from there and move up the log.
“I think the more we win, the more we will get that confidence. At the moment I would say the Sundowns game was a morale boost and gave us confidence ahead of the Baroka game,” he said.
The former Orlando Pirates player has been enjoying regular game time in the Chilli Boys camp and has been prominent in their two recent successes.
“I think the fact that I was in Turkey before the start of the season and then coming back, made me realise that I do have potential to play. The coaches who came in have been encouraging me.
“Even the new coach has been encouraging me now to do well as he has known me for a long time. He has given me that will to go onto the field and do my best.
“At the moment, I am still enjoying myself, so I just want to do well and see at the end of the season what will happen.”..