Chippa United will have their backs against the wall when they host Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane on Monday afternoon.
Chippa United, also known as the Chilli Boys, are currently 15th on the DStv Premiership Log standings with 17 points.
Last week, the Eastern Cape outfit sacked coach Dan Malisela after being trashed five goals to one by Maritzburg United.
Chilli Boys interim coach Siyabulela Gwambi says the team will aim for maximum points to move from the relegation zone.
“Yes, obviously when you playing against log leaders and you are right at the bottom of the log you can see yourself beating the log leaders. Therefore the three points could prove very vital to move [us] out of the relegation zone.”
“This fixture will excite us and especially when we face Sundowns. We understand that we have got a huge responsibility on our shoulders but I believe the boys are ready and we can do it,” explains Gwambi.
Chippa United striker Anthony Laffor says a win or a draw would prove vital to avoid relegation.
“We know very well where we stand on the log table and we know it’s not a good place for the team to stand. However, the mood in the club is very high and the people of East London are very welcoming so everybody wants us to win. So we need to keep our feet on the ground listening to coach Siya and since he took over we can see that he is really determined,” adds Laffor.
Cape Town City move to fourth
On Saturday, Cape Town City beat SuperSport United 3-nil in a DSTV premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium.
The defeat by a three-goal margin pushes United, who were in fourth place, to fifth with Orlando Pirates who have a superior goal difference moving to fourth.
SuperSport wanted maximum points so they could move up to third on the table. City on the other hand wanted to win so they can consolidate their position within the Top 8.
The visitors launched an attack with Kudakwashe Mahachi whipping the ball into the opposition’s box.
Defender, Abbubaker Mobara, was able to clear the dangerous ball.
The home side didn’t just sit back but also launched attacks of their own as they looked for an opening goal. Their efforts were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty after defender, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, was adjudged to have fouled Tashreeq Morris in the box.
Striker, Fagrie Lakay, made no mistake beating keeper, Ronwen Williams, from the penalty spot to put City in the lead.
The home side led by a single goal at half-time. They didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second half with Morris testing Williams.