After losing his first match in charge of Chippa United, coach Siyabulela Gwambi has revealed how much of a setback it is for his side.
Gwambi tasted his first defeat (2-1) as the head coach of the Chilli Boys at the hands of rampant Mamelodi Sundowns in a Dstv Premiership match on Monday afternoon at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
Reflecting on the match and its impact on the team’s morale, the coach revealed that facing a team of Sundowns’ caliber might have been premature.
“Definitely we can build from here, the reason I’m saying that you could see building up to the game the mood in the camp was very good, it influenced our preparations as well.”
“Our preparations were very good, I don’t want to say this game came at a wrong time, maybe one could say if we played another team and play Sundowns after, it could’ve been a different story. But I don’t want to say that and start discarding other teams, so we’ll try our best in the next games to build up from this performance we’ve given which will pave way,” said Gwambi.
The Eastern Cape side’s focus now changes to the Nedbank Cup semi-final against GladAfrica Championship outfit Pretoria Callies, whom he believes have watched his team play enough to analyze them.
“We’ve got a Nedbank semi-final on the weekend against Pretoria Callies which is a team that we are not going to underestimate. They are at a luxury of watching our games, because most of our games are televised, whereas we are not (watching Pretoria Callies matches).”
“So we’ll try and plan according to our strength, now it will be difficult to plan according to their strengths, you must understand that a league and a cup are totally different,” concluded Gwambi.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter