Mark Mayambela has warned his teammates that it is going to take a lot more than they have given thus far, for Chippa United to maintain or better their position on the Absa Premiership log table.
‘Professor’ was speaking to chippautd.fc.co.za ahead of the trip to Bidvest Stadium to face Ajax Cape Town on Saturday, 09 December 2017 with kick-off billed for 20h15.
The Chilli Boys are coming back from a morale boosting 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The win took the Port Elizabeth-based side to second on the log.
Mark Mayambela returned from injury to play an important role in Wednesday’s win, but is aware that from now on, teams are going to raise their game against Chippa United, and has warned against complacency in the Chippa United camp.
“It takes hard work, motivation, a hunger to succeed and unity in the team; all these are ingredients of great teams. It is important to keep our feet firmly on the ground. There are still a lot of games to be played until the end of the season.
“We need each and every player to be in top of physical, mental and tactical shape for us to maintain our current run. Of course we also need luck,” said the Khayelitsha-born midfielder, who is regarded as one of the trickiest customers in the league.
Mayambela is delighted to have shrugged off the injury that kept him out of the side for six weeks; “It is usually frustrating for a player to sit out due to injury, but for me it was not the case. I always try to find positives in each and every negative situation that I am confronted with.
“I have grown as a person and a player, and being closer to God has given me an abundance of hope, courage and strength. All the gratitude must go to Him.
“I worked very hard with our Conditioning Coach, Madoda Moyo. He pushed me hard and helped me a great deal. I did not feel any discomfort against Kaizer Chiefs.
Reflecting back on the emphatic win against Kaizer Chiefs Mayambela had the following to say; “It was a good result, three (3) points at home against a team like Kaizer Chiefs is great. We want to win each and every game, but to win at home in front of our home fans is always special.
“The analysis from our Head Coach, Teboho Moloi, and the Technical Team was spot on, the guys worked extremely and the results showed. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes in analysing our opponents, and this has really helped us prepare thoroughly for games,” continued Mayambela.
Chippa United will come up against Ajax Cape Town in Johannesburg this weekend. Mark rejoined the Chilli Boys after spending time with the Urban Warriors.
“The most important thing at this time for all of us on the team, is doing well for Chippa United, the crest on the jersey, the supporters and ensuring that we get the results we want, irrespective of the opposition,” he concluded.
Mark Mayambela (30) has played over 120 games in the Absa Premiership, turning out for the likes of Orlando Pirates (where he won two successive trebles with Orlando Pirates in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons, Bloemfontein Celtic, Black Aces and SuperSport United.
His illustrious career also took him to Sweden for a brief stint with Djurgardens IF.