Head Coach, Teboho Moloi believes the trip to Mthatha this past weekend where the team participated in the Inaugural OR Tambo Challenge was a resounding success, despite the team losing 1-0 to local neighbours Mthatha Bucks.
Moloi had an opportunity to look at the fringe players Zephaniah Mbokoma, Gerald Modisane, Stanley Makgoka and Kris Bergman.
“The game gave us an opportunity to have a look at some of the guys that have not been playing. Some raised their hands, and some did not, but it gave us an idea of who is ready and who is not. We need more of these games in between breaks to keep the players active. It is important to get everybody onto the same level of fitness,” said Moloi.
“We have a week to plan for Free State Stars, and need to see who is available or not, and work on the sharpness of the players ahead of the next game. We gave most of the senior players’ time off,” continued Moloi.
The Team also had an opportunity to conduct coaching clinics in Libode, something Moloi revealed is important to the Club; “It is important that we instil in our players the importance of corporate social responsibility, and it was good to see them out on the pitch helping the young ones. It gives hope to the young hopefuls to have their heroes taking them through their paces.
“We have been to places like Alwal North, Grahamstown and now Libode; it is important for the people of the province to know that Chippa United belongs to all of them, not only those in Port Elizabeth and East London. We will continue to work with our partners and endeavour to take the Team to the people.
Head Coach, Teboho Moloi joined by players Zitha “Kasi” Macheke, Samuel “Tumbai” Julies, Sizwe “Tips & Toes” Mdlinzo, Phetso “Cabaye” Maphanga and Abel “Mshumbo” Mabaso also took time to visit Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.
“This was very important for the players; I told them that without the role played by the likes of Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, I would not have had an opportunity to play overseas. It is of great importance to teach our players about the importance of history.
Chippa United travel to Bethlehem for their next Absa Premiership encounter against Free State Stars before they host Mamelodi Sundowns in a #WozaNazo clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 25 November 2017.