Andile Mbenyane has backed his teammates to bounce back on Friday, 24 February when they host Golden Arrows at Sisa Dukashe, but has warned that senior players must lead the way.

Chippa United has bloodied in young players this season with most senior players moving on to “greener pastures”.

Despite starting the 2016/2017 season on a high note, it has been a stop-start season for the Chilli Boys, and they will be hoping to return to winning ways on Friday.

A lot rests on the shoulders of senior players believes Mbenyane, who has remained loyal to the Club where he is a founding member.

“When the chips are down senior players must stand up and be counted.

“It starts tomorrow at the training ground,” said the player affectionately known in football circles as “Raul”.

Mbenyane had words of encouragement after the loss in Bloemfontein.

“I felt the lads gave their all, and sometimes in football it is not enough. We competed pound for pound despite playing with a man down.

“This is enough for us to have something to build on going to our next game.

The former Ajax Cape Town striker dismissed the “favorites tag” insisting, “There are no smaller teams in this league and the league table tells a story.

“This weekend we have a chance to play in front of our supporters and I have no doubt we can bounce back.

Mbenyane was delighted to be back in the side after missing the game against Mamelodi Sundowns due to suspension.

He made an immediate impact against Bloemfontein Celtic but he insisted speaking to chippautdfc.co.za that no one is guaranteed a place in the Team.

“The Coach deserves credit on how he has managed the squad this season.

“It is easy for people to think after missing the midweek game (against Mamelodi Sundowns) one would be back straight in the starting line up.

“The lads did well against Sundowns under difficult conditions. We have a good team and competition for places is fierce.

“I was delighted to get a run, though late in the second half at Celtic.

“I will work even harder this week because in such a talented squad no one is guaranteed a place,” added Mbenyane.