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Moloi pleased with Chippa efforts

Chippa United interim coach Teboho Moloi lauded his side's defensive organisation to hold Sundowns to a 0-0 draw in their Premiership clash on Saturday.

The Chilli Boys and Masandawana played some entertaining football for the fans who came out in their numbers to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium but were deprived of a goal.

However, Moloi feels his charges executed his tactical game-plan to perfection as he knew the false-nine role his counterpart implemented with Percy Tau could have opened up their defence at will, if afforded the space.

"I knew that they were going to play a false number nine. I knew it was a different ball game. Pitso wants to see himself topping the log. I'm very proud of my boys, we defended," he told SuperSport TV.

"I'll be honest with you the last 15 minutes of the first half you could see the experience of Mamelodi Sundowns playing on the continent. But I must give it [credit] to my boys.

"It's very difficult to defend against a false nine because everybody is running everywhere. Once you leave your man you find yourself at sixes and sevens. At halftime, I told them: 'guys you have to focus, you don't have to crack'. You saw Sundowns never cracked hey. You could see the experience they are coming with.

"My boys in the second half, mental strength, discipline, focus they did the job. So out of 10, I give them 10. I'm happy with the point even though here at home my motto is three points. I'll take the point because these are the African champions."

The result sees sixth-placed Chippa extend their unbeaten run in the top-flight to nine games, with Moloi yet to taste defeat in the league since taking over the helm from Dan Malesela.


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