Winning streak has Dan dancing with joy

Chippa United consolidated their position in the PSL top six after clinching a third consecutive win, beating Free State Stars 2-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Dan "Dance" Malesela was satisfied that another record for the Chilli Boyz had be achieved after they won three games in a row for the first time.

A late first-half goal from Xola Mlambo and a great finish by Nkosinathi Mthiyane in the 71st minute saw Chippa consolidate their place in the Absa Premiership top eight.

"Somebody said when you win and you win well it becomes a habit, and I want it to become a habit," Malesela said.

"I want it to become second nature, and it must not only be with the players but everybody at the club must be working hard to see that this team achieves more than it is thought it can achieve."

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates defender said he never dismissed the thought of Stars coming back into the game.

"You don't close that door because any team can come back any time. It only takes one mistake," said Malesela.

"I was very conscious about the fact that even when we are in possession of the ball we should be looking OK at the back, we must be in shape. It's getting better, two cleansheets [in a row] and that's good."

When asked to comment on the below-par performance of Chippa's international striker Aristide Bance, Malesela defended the striker saying it happens to every player.

"I'll tell you something good about Bance. I know his limitations and there are a lot of them. His presence is what helps," he said.

"He takes the attention, now this team [Stars] came here they played with three central defenders. He could be the reason why they played with the three central defenders. What that did was help unlock [Joseph] Molangoane and it helped unlock Mthiyane."