Chippa United Captain, Thamsanqa ‘Pirlo’ Sangweni believes that the team that works the hardest has a chance of proceeding to the next round of the competition. Chippa United welcome Polokwane City for the Nedbank Cup Last round 16 following a draw that took place in Johannesburg last Thursday.
The skipper played a prominent role in the heart of the midfield as Chippa United brushed aside Witbank Spurs in the last 32, to proceed to the next round of the competition for the first time in the Club’s history.
“We welcome the draw. It is a fair draw,” said Sangweni addressing the media after the draw.
“Polokwane City plays a similar brand of football to us. We have already met this season and the two Clubs know each other well. We are home for this one though, and that in itself is an extra motivation.
Sangweni also took time to praise Head Coach, Dan Malesela who took his place on the bench following illness, “He is huge for us and his presence meant a lot to everyone in the Club. He is back. He is 100% and we are all happy to have him back with the team.
Sangweni who signed a three year extension with the Club in December 2016 has watched some of the players moving on, the likes of James Okwuosa, Marc Van Heerden, Thembinkosi Lorch, Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Walter Maponyane, Eric Chipeta and the Empangeni-born midfielder said there is life after the departures and the Club has moved on.
“It happens in football that players move on with their careers. We have moved on as a football Club and we are focusing on achieving something with the Club as the current generation. The Nedbank Cup gives us an opportunity to challenge for something and we will give our all,” added Sangweni.