Interim Coach, Mbuyiselo Sambu has revealed that his charges’ will to win is not in doubt ahead of a tantalizing Absa Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates this weekend.
The former Chippa United and Mthatha Bucks defender will be in charge against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, 29 April 2017 after Head Coach, Dan Malesela was placed on special leave earlier this week.
Speaking to chippautdfc.co.za at the Team hotel on Friday afternoon, “Viera” as Sambu is affectionately known in football circles admitted that the trip to the south of Johannesburg is a “mammoth task”.
Chippa United is looking to bounce back from the midweek loss at the hands of Maritzburd United at home.
Trips to Orlando Stadium have proved to be tough in the past, and interim coach, Mbuyiselo Sambu is aware of the task at hand.
“It is a big challenge, but a challenge which we must face head on.
“We had positive meetings with the senior players as Technical Team and everybody at the Club leading to this game,” said Sambu.
“The energy in the Team has always been a positive one, and it is no different this time around.
“The spirit, hunger and will to fight for the shirt has always been evident, despite good performances, we have not been able to come back with positive results.
Sambu has urged his charges to use the last 20 minutes of the midweek fixture as a turning point.
“We showed on Tuesday with 20 minutes left on the clock, that we can not only play but put up a good fight.
Sambu praised the whole Team for showing a fighting spirit on Tuesday, but singled out Zephaniah Mbokoma for his performance , “We sat him and a couple of players down ahead of the game.
“That meeting might have helped to unlock his potential, it was evident on Tuesday and before that on Saturday (vs Jomo Cosmos) when he won Man of the Match. He (Zephaniah) is a player that is currently showing both maturity and a strong mentality on the pitch.
“Such an attitude can only rub off positively on the other lads, and for us to see this ahead of this game is encouraging,” continued Sambu.
Sambu further revealed that the preparations have gone well despite the absence of Head Coach, Dan Malesela.
“We have had to work more on the mental side as compared to physical preparation. We will focus more work on the training ground on Friday evening,” he said.
Born in Ngqushwa, a small town just outside of East London, Sambu reiterated the importance of the fixture; “It is not only about me and the Technical Team but all of us to unite in the fight to improve our situation in the league.
“We are carrying the hope of our fans that have given so much to the Club.
“The support we have received from the people of the Eastern Cape Province including neutrals, has been tremendous.
“We all know the importance of every game we play, and must go to Orlando with no fear but an intent to go back to Port Elizabeth with a positive result,” added Sambu.
CHIPPA United is lying in position 12 with 24 points after 25 games.
Kick-off for the game on Saturday is at 20h15.