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Football | Absa Premiership

Chiefs, Chippa boys renew rivalry



In-form Kaizer Chiefs welcome Chippa United for an Absa Premiership encounter hoping to bag another win on Saturday evening at Mbombela Stadium.

Kick-off is at 6:00pm.

Amakhosi are enjoying a good run of form in recent times and have renewed their hopes of challenging for the league honours.

Coach Steve Komphela is a man of discipline and will want his charges to keep pushing for more wins.

Having bagged three wins in their previous three matches in all competitions, Amakhosi are gunning for the league title.

Chiefs beat the defending league champions Mamelodi Ssundowns, bagged a 2-1 win over Acornbush in the Nedbank Cup before beating Bloemfontein Celtic in their league tie this past week.

Heading to the Mpumalanga province off the back of three wins will motivate them as they enjoy massive support at Mbombela.

The fact that they now occupy the third spot with 42 points has boosted their morale and has put pressure on log leaders Cape Town City.

“I feel good about this award and the team’s performance,” said midfielder George Maluleka on receiving his man of the match award following the 2-0 win over Celtic.

“What pleases me most is that we played as a team.

“With this kind of team effort, we will give it a push towards the end of the season.

"We deserve this win, because we played well. We are in a good position to win the title. This win is a confidence booster for us.”

To the visiting Chilli Boys, Coach Dan Malesela's men will be hoping to bag two wins in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign over Chiefs.

The Chilli Boys are fresh from a 4-1 drubbing by Cape Town City and a 0-0 draw against Polokwane City at home. This match against Chiefs allows them to return to winning ways.

Although they beat Rise and Shine in the Nedbank Cup to reach the Last Eight, they will still need a win in the league to move up the log table and book a spot in the top eight.

United occupy the 12th spot with 24 points from as many matches and a win will reignite their MTN8 Cup qualification hopes next season.

The Port Elizabeth-based outfit will have to solve their failure to convert chances upfront as they will meet a clinical Amakhosi on Saturday.

“You cannot sit and not be worried or not be concerned, you have to be, particularly with a team that is not a bad team, but a very good team,” said Malesela.

“You get concerned why the results are not forth coming. But they are challenges that we can overcome.

“I always pride myself on coming up with solutions, and I think I will. We kept on trying to push people to go forward (against City), but we were not grouping very well.

“We really let go of the easiest chances to score, but these things happen in football and you can’t start pointing fingers at players and say, ‘this is what you did, it’s your fault’. No. It’s nobody’s fault.”



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