Chippa United is looking to bounce back immediately when they host AmaZulu at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.
The Chilli Boys lost their opening Absa Premiership fixture away to Orlando Pirates over the weekend and a home game might be just what the lads need to bounce back.
Teams have found it difficult to beat United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, and the memories of the last game at the same ground last season still lingers on many fans’ memories.
Chippa United needed to beat SuperSport United in the second last game at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to give them a chance of survival and they did with an emphatic 3-1 win with Rhulani Manzini banging an unforgettable hattrick on the evening.
Head Coach Dan Malesela had his head held high on Saturday despite the defeat and has backed his charges to bounce back against AmaZulu.
“On Tuesday (22 August against AmaZulu) we must fix the individual mistakes we committed against Orlando Pirates,” said Malesela who is started his second season at charge at Chippa United.
“We do not want team to come to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and leave with points. We are aware that we are going to meet lot of teams this season that would prefer to sit back and try to catch us on counter.
“We have to plan for that and we have already had a session soon after we landed from Joburg on Sunday and we will have another session on Monday,” said Malesela.
AmaZulu are coming to Port Elizabeth on a high following a win over the weekend; “We are meeting a Team that is high on confidence following their win against Free State Stars.
“I am not going to speak for them tough, this is our home game. The first one for the season and the focus is on our game and our objectives. We need to put pressure on them and see if they are going to crack,” he said.
Meanwhile Malesela added that he is pleased with the team assembled for the season, “There was a lot of communication between the Chairman (Siviwe Mpengesi) and I during off season about the type of players we needed to bring in to strengthen the team this season.
“We have already apologised to the supporters for what they had to go through last season and with this team we are confident that we will not go through the same situation as last season.
In conclusion he made a plea to Chippa United faithful to come in numbers to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday; “It is our first home game of the season and we would like the supporters to come in numbers and welcome the new players.
“Their support carried us through last season during good and challenging times and it would good to see them in full song on Tuesday in the blue and while of Chippa United,”
The newly launched Chilli Boys Supporters Package will be activating at the game from 16h30 to 21h30.
Tickets for the game are on sale at Ticket Pro outlets nationwide selling for R20 juveniles and R40 adults.
Gates will open at 16h30.
Kick-off for the game is at 19h30.