Chippa shifts focus to Nedbank Cup


Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza says his side will now have to switch their focus away from their previous 2 Absa Premiership matches where they lost 3-0 and 2-1 to SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates respectively if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the next stage in their upcoming Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against defending champions TS Galaxy.

The “Chilli Boys” put on a brave second half performance when they lost 2-1 against the high-flying Pirates courtesy of a first half brace from Gabadinho Mhango and solitary strike from Augustine Kwem for Chippa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

“The game against Pirates was a game of 2 halves. The 2 goals in the first 15 minutes, it was never going to be easy for us to come back. Pirates kept pushing and pushing but I knew there was going to be a point where they will get tired and I think it happened in the 2nd half.”

“The boys worked really hard, and I think with a little bit of luck the boys would’ve managed to get something out of this game. But now we look into the Nedbank Cup, on Wednesday,” said Mapeza.

Chippa finished as losing semifinalists last season when they lost 4-2 to Kaizer Chiefs but Coach Mapeza is looking to go a step further in this year’s competition and says there is always pressure to deliver results at Chippa.

“There is always pressure in football. Not only to me, but to everybody. Ask any coach, and he would never tell you that he goes home at night and sleep peaceful, there is always pressure.

“But now we have to prepare for Wednesday’s game and give some of these guys a rest and give some of those guys who haven’t been playing, some game time,” concluded Mapeza.

On Wednesday, Chippa will take on TS Galaxy at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in a last 32 encounter. Kickoff at 19:30.

By Shane Matsoyane

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