Chippa ready for clash against Wits in Nedbank Cup last 16

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The last Nedbank Cup second-round match will be played on Monday evening when Chippa United travel to Johannesburg for their match against Bidvest Wits with the winner advancing to the quarter-final.

In a clash between the Chillies Boys and the Clever Boys, the Chilli Boys have their work cut out for them after a lean spell.

They have won just one of their last six matches and it was a victory over the defending Nedbank Cup champions, TS Galaxy.

Chippa coach Norman Mapeza says mental strength is as important as physical strength going into the game.

“It is all about mental strength our physical appearance and everything. Look, it’s okay but, like I said you know these are cup games and different from league games. You have to put everything within 90 minutes; if you lose you are out. In terms of league games, if you lose or win you still have to play more games so it’s all about mental strength. But from the look of things, we are ready.”

Chilli Boys striker Ruzaigh Gamildien was in the team that beat Wits last season. He says their plan is to replicate what they did against TS Galaxy.

“Our plan is to replicate what we did against TS Galaxy and we know it won’t be easy against Wits. But hopefully, we stick to our game plan and stick to instructions; hopefully, we will overcome wits at on their home ground.”

Chippa goalkeeper Veli Mothwa says they know that they need to work hard if they want to reach the finals of the Nedbank Cup.

“Every player wants to play in the final so for us to reach there, it’s not a walk in the park; we need to work hard on it. The final yes will be history for the team, but we have to work hard before doing history.”

Chippa received a boost ahead of their match against Wits. The team’s longest-serving player, Andile Mbenyane is fighting fit again.