Chippa United will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, 24 September 2017.
The Port Elizabeth-based side are coming back from a morale boosting draw away to SuperSport United.
The encounter on Sunday will see Caretaker Coach, Teboho Moloi guiding the Chilli Boys for the first time at home, and has called on the fans to come in numbers to support the team.
“It is important on Sunday to start restoring the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium as our fortress, and for us to achieve this we invite our fans to come in numbers and support the boys. The Chippa United choir is the voice behind the success of the Club,” said Moloi addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Talking about the game Moloi said his charges must move on from their home loss to Baroka, and need to be at their best to win come Sunday; “We continue our work with the guys working on both their confidence and self belief.
“Sometimes it is not how you fall but how you pick yourself up and move forward for instance following the loss to Baroka.
“It is our duty as coaches to guide the players so that they can reach their level best, and if we do not do that we would be failing them,” continued Moloi.
“What we took out of the two games (against Platinum Stars and SuperSport United) is that the players understand now that the speed of the game has to change.
“We are bringing in elements of what you see with Atletico Madrid, pressing and high intensity, the patience of Barcelona, the speed to Real Madrid and add a South African flair as cherry on top.
“Celtic is dangerous, especially now as a wounded team. They play at high intensity and it is always the case with Serbian born coaches. They will come to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium hoping to cause an upset. We need to work on our creativity going forward. We need to use our speed and finish the chances we create,” said Moloi.
The Soweto-born Coach confirmed that captain, Diamond Thopola (calf), Mark Mayambela (Calf) and Buyani Sali will miss the game on Sunday due to injury.
Tickets for the game are available at TicketPro outlets nationwide selling for R40 adults and R20 children.
Newly launched Chilli Boys Supporters Package will be activating at the Information Centre, on the eastern side of the stadium (Prince Alfred Road).
Kick-off for the game is at 15h00 and gates will open at 12h00.