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Chippa chairman writes off hopes

Chippa United chairman Siviwe Mpengesi has written off his side’s chances of a top four finish in the Absa Premiership and instead expressed concern about being sucked into the relegation battle near the foot of the standings.

The club, notably former coach Tebeho Moloi who was fired earlier this month, had spoken earlier this year of a desire for a place in the next year’s African club competition but for that would need to finish in the top three in the league or win the Nedbank Cup.

“It is a dream postponed not denied, to make it to the top,” said Mpengesi in a statement released by the club.

“We remain hopeful that as a football club we will be able to achieve that feat soon. The priority now is to win the next game and possibly the next three games to move clear from the danger zone. We are number 11th on the log and three points above playoff (places),” he added.

Chippa were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Free State Stars at Bethlehem on Saturday in a third straight defeat for the club.

They meet Stars again this Saturday in the league at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.

“We have accepted that we are out of the Nedbank Cup. The boys gave it their all on Saturday and it was not to be.

“Free State Stars did not win because they were better, but because we made a few mistakes at the back. Our coach (Vladislav Heric) also identified areas of focus ahead of the game on Saturday.

“He knows what we expect of him having worked with us in the past when he promoted us to the Premiership. He has welcomed the challenge to come here and his important game is the one on Saturday.

“The way forward is for us to focus fully on our position in the Absa Premiership. It is important that we win our next game and we hope to defend our record at Sisa Dukashe where we have not lost this season. We were able to beat both Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns at Sisa Dukashe and we are positive going to this game. We do not want to go to the (promotion-relegation) play-offs,” said Mpengesi.


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