Chippa dreams of top eight after rare win

GONE: Petrus Ngebo of Chippa United passes Ernot Dzaga of Black Leopards PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES
GONE: Petrus Ngebo of Chippa United passes Ernot Dzaga of Black Leopards PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

CHIPPA United, having stepped just outside the Absa Premiership relegation zone on Sunday, are now aiming for a top-eight finish in the league.

The Chilli Boys scored a rare victory at the weekend, beating Black Leopards 3-1 in the Mother City with new recruit Masibusane Zongo scoring the opener.

The win prompted a confident Humphrey "Boom Shaka" Sithole, Chippa's assistant coach, to contemplate a strong finish to the season.

"Our aim is to get a top- eight finish," he said.

The win has lifted Chippa to 14th on the 16-team log, a small but vital step up from where they had been before the kickoff on Sunday.

"The win over Leopards was a massive relief for all of us," said Sithole. "It has given us confidence and hope going forward.

"You will never fail if you are well prepared in life. There is no turning back."

Sithole said new coach Wilfred Mugeyi, who is the fifth man in the job this season, had been doing a great job. Saturday's win was only his second game in charge, the first being the 3-0 loss to Free State Stars last week.

"The good thing is that the players are beginning to understand the philosophy of coach Wilfred," said Sithole. "Give us two more games, Chippa United will be unstoppable."

Chippa face Wits at Milpark Stadium tomorrow.

"It will be a hell of a tough game because Wits are still reeling following a 3-0 defeat by Bloemfontein Celtic at the weekend.

"They have a highly experienced coach in Clive Barker and great players like Aaron Mokoena, Tinashe Nengomashe, Thapelo Tshilo and Tlou Molekwane, but we are ready for them," Sithole said.

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