Malesela stays, bruised Bucs face The Citizens

2017-02-16 06:02

Dan Malesela vigorously ruled himself out of contention for the vacant Orlando Pirates coaching job as speculation over the identity of the new Bucs boss continues.

The Chippa United coach‚ who is a former Buccaneers captain‚ has been linked with the position as furious media speculation over the identity of the new Pirates coach continued unabated since Irvin Khoza said on Monday that the job will be filled within seven days.

“You don’t understand how much pressure I have been under because people have been making like it’s a fait accompli that I will be going to Pirates‚” said Malesela after his Chippa side held champions Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 league draw in Mdantsane on Tuesday night.

“It has been made like it is done and dusted and we are just waiting for somebody to accept the money and I’m going and all these things.”

But Malesela said he knew nothing of the job and was going nowhere. “It would be premature for me to go now and leave for any other club and I’m leaving these boys here while I’m trying to build something. The day that I’m forced to leave Chippa will be very sad.”

The 51-year-old Malesela has been at the Eastern Cape club since December 2015 and last season took Chippa to a top six place and first ever qualification for the MTN8.

Chippa are his first club in the top-flight‚ having worked previously only in the National First Division.

“It is a compliment to me for what what has been achieved over the year. It is good to be wanted … and not to be fired!” he joked‚ referring to Chippa’s notoriously itchy trigger finger with coaches.

Meanwhile Pirates must pick themselves up after a record defeat at the hands of Sundowns when they face an in-form Cape Town City on Saturday night.

It was the second time in a single season that they had conceded six goals in a game and with a new face likely in charge on the bench.

The Citizen’s coach expects a reaction from Orlando Pirates when the two teams clash in a crunch Absa Premiership clash on Saturday.

Pirates were humbled 6-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday, a record defeat for the Soweto giants.

Cape Town City thrashed Highlands Park 3-0 in an Absa Premiership game at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The victory took the Citizens second spot in the league standings, while the Lions of the North remain 15th on the table.

City began the match lively and they took the lead through Lebogang Manyama, who scored with a beautiful curler to make it 1-0 five minutes into the game.

Charlton Mashumba, the Highlands striker, tried to respond with a goal for his side ten minutes later, but his well-taken shot narrowly missed the target.

The Citizens were looking dangerous each time they pushed forward in search of more goals against the Lions of the North.

Letsie Koapeng, who joined City during the recent January transfer window, doubled his new side’s lead two minutes after the half-hour mark.

The former Orlando Pirates striker scored with a composed finish to make it 2-0 to City on his competitive debut, after pouncing on a loose ball inside the box.

The Lions of the North managed to contain the Citizens in the remaining minutes of the first half and the score was 2-0 in favour of the home side at halftime.

With his side trailing, Gordon Igesund decided to pull out ineffective Sandile Khwela for Namibian attacker Peter Shaulile six minutes into the second half.

Igesund’s counterpart, Eric Tinkler, responded by introducing striker Judas Mosemeadi for newcomer Koapeng as the home side looked to extend their lead.

City were enjoying more possession and in the 75th minute Moseamedi unleashed a shot which was well saved by Highlands keeper Tapuwa Kapini.

Zimbabwean Kapini made a late save in the 81st minute, denying City forward Manyama, who was looking for his ninth league goal of the season.

However, Kapini was beaten eight minutes later when Moseamedi scored with his right-foot to seal a 3-0 win for City on the night.

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