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Mngqithi offers support to Chippa



Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi admits that he felt bad to have inflicted another body blow on struggling Chippa United.

The Chilli Boys scored first through Benjani Mwaruwari in their match against Golden Arrows at Philippi last night, but then wasted a host of further chances, allowing Arrows to hit back with two second half goals to win the game.

The result left the Cape side three points adrift at the foot of the table with seven rounds left of Absa Premiership action.

Mngqithi was relieved with the points earned, which took Abafana bes’Thende to 12th spot, and 10 points clear of Chippa, but was not necessarily happy to have achieved it against the club he coached for a short stint earlier this season.

“A very good result for us, it was like a six-pointer. The three points will mean a lot to the players, and maybe give us the opportunity to go into the next match with high hopes,” he said.

“I believe Chippa have a lot to offer going forward. I feel very bad seeing the situation they are in, because they are bringing a lot of good things to the people of the Western Cape.

“Wilfred has brought in some structure and the team is looking good, but when players are under tremendous pressure it’s very difficult to perform – the anxiety is high and the potential to make mistakes is very high,” added Mngqithi.

Both coaches admitted that Benjani’s failure to come out for the second half, due to a hamstring issue, changed the complexion of the game.

“I think we played very well first half and the injury of Benjani was a big blow for us,” said Chippa coach Wilfred Mugeyi.

“After he went off we had to change our game-plan. We lacked confidence, that’s why we missed a lot of chances. It should have been two, three nil in the first half, but we’re lacking confidence, the morale is very down.

“A win could have pushed us for survival. But we have to congratulate Arrows, they pushed us, they are also struggling, but they came to fight for three points,” he added.

Mngqithi agreed with his compatriot: “”One must say Chippa gave us a very serious run, and it was unfortunate to lose Benjani. Apart from his goal, he was bringing a lot of intelligence, the positions he was taking were very dangerous.

“And we struggled to contain both him and Qalanto, they both have quality. I felt relieved when he did not come out for the second half.”

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