Strydom Wambi has said that he is raring to go after spending frustrating time on the sidelines due to hamstring injury he sustained early December of 2016.
Wambi affectionately known to chippautdfc.co.za as ‘’Umntu Akalahlwa’’ started the season like house on fire and was regarded by many as the ‘fetch & carry’ for the Club.
His performance in the middle of the park alongside, Thami Sangweni received rave reviews from fans and media alike.
“We started the season very well, and also as an individual I settled quicker in the new environment,” said Wambi speaking to the Club website following a gruelling training session on Wednesday morning.
“We dropped a little bit from October onwards in terms of results, even though the team continued to play well. This affected our confidence and of course my game.
“That is now water under the bridge and we are all looking forward to making 2017, a year to remember for the Football Club. We deserve to be higher up the on table and we will work towards improving the current situation,” continued Wambi.
The Tembisa-born midfielder revealed his excitement having rejoined his teammates on the pitch for training when the Club returned from the Christmas break admitting that he did not enjoy festive break with his loved ones.
“It can be hard when you out injured but I had to focus on rehabilitation and return to training straightaway when we reopen.
“I am glad all worked out and when we opened on the 9th January, I was ready to join my teammates on the field. I have put that behind me and now I am fighting to get fit and win my place back in the team,” he said.
Wambi is also determined to add to his tally of one goal scored against Club’s opponents for the year opener, Baroka FC last September 2016.
“It is a moment that I will never forget scoring my first goal in the professional ranks. It was a great feeling and more so that it helped the team on the night,” said Wambi reminiscing of Club’s biggest win of the season away to Baroka FC in the first round.
Wambi was quick to warn that they are expecting a different Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Bay next month; “Past results count for nothing in football. It is a new year and they will come here to fight for points.
“The focus for us now is to continue to work to work on our fitness and focus on improving as a team. We must play our game, remain united, follow the coach’s instructions and when we have all these elements it is difficult for teams to stop us.
Chippa is lying on the 11 on the log with 16 points after games 14 games but Wambi believes that family environment at Chippa United headquarters is conducive to provide and environment to bring about positive results; “We are well looked after as players. We are proud of both the work in the office and Technical Team to ensure that we focus only on performing on the pitch.
“That itself is a recipe for success. We also have wonderful supporters that stick with the team through thick and thin. We will turn the corner,” added Wambi.
Chippa United welcome Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Stadium on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 and kickoff is at 19h30.