When Zimbabwean mentor Norman Mapeza arrived at Chippa United in October, the Port Elizabeth side had conceded 7 goals and scored just 3 goals without a victory in 8 matches.
5 games later the former Galatasaray player has managed to change the fortunes for the Chilli Boys who have now registered back-to-back wins in the Absa Premiership, their first League back-to-back wins since February 2019.
Although they remain bottom of the log, Chippa have now scored 5 goals in 2 matches without conceding a single goal.
Mapeza is pleased that the hard work at training is starting to bear fruit.
“Everywhere you go, the foundation of any team is the defence. We have not conceded goals of late because we are working in terms of how to organise our defence and I think now everybody can see the results of what we have been doing in training but like I said it’s work in progress and we just need to keep working hard,” said Mapeza.
Since Mapeza’s arrival players such as Patrick Tignyemb, Kurt Lentjies and Rhulani Manzini have found it difficult to break into the line up or match day squad, but the 47-year-old says there is nothing unusual about sidelining the experienced players.
“I never said they were the core of the team… I just said they are part of the group and when I got here those are the guys who were playing regularly.
“But you know it’s football those guys are out now and the other guys got the opportunity and I think it’s a well-deserved opportunity. Now that we have the momentum why do we have to change? We don’t have to change the team.”
The Chilli Boys will now host another struggling side Baroka today at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 15:30
By Ofhani Munyai