Absa Premiership

Chippa optimistic and focused

Siyabonga Ngubane (Gallo Images)
Siyabonga Ngubane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Chippa United camp exudes a sense of optimism and belief ahead of a potentially key fixture in the relegation battle, said the club's team manager Luthando Zibeko.

Zibeko said the team is unwavering and focused on winning each of their remaining games of the season, including those of the Nedbank Cup. 

"The mood in the camp is that of optimism and belief. We are not over-confident, but very positive," said Zibeko.

"We have to admit that results have not been coming our way. But it was not because we were not trying. We’ve been trying our best but have just been unlucky."

Zibeko said missing key players in their recent matches has exacerbated their insipid run in the second round of the league.  

"We've been unlucky; conceding goals in the last minutes of the game and missing important players," he said.

"In the past 6 games, we have been losing players to injury."

On their injury list for the clash on Friday night against rock bottom Highlands Park at Makhulong, are Katlego Mashego and Buyani Sali while Thamsanqa Sangweni will be out on suspension. 

They will, however, welcome back the likes of Menzi Masuku, Justice Chabalala, Xolani Mdaki and Siyabonga Ngubane who have been missing in previous games. 

Zibeko said that they are prioritizing every game at this stage and the clash against Highlands is equally important, as any of their next matches.  

"Every game is important for us. What takes priority is our next game, which is Highlands Park tonight,” said Zibeko.

Kick off is at 20:00.

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