Moloi targets top four finish for Chippa

eboho Moloi, Head Coach, of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Port Elizabeth.
eboho Moloi, Head Coach, of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Port Elizabeth.
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Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi says his charges are still lacking finesse and making costly mistakes.

But the United coach insists that their hopes of a top four finish this season are still alive and they can progress towards that direction in Cape Town on Friday.

“If you look at the team we have‚ it’s a team that has been given glory for playing this ‘attractive’ football of just passing the ball and knocking it round and if they win‚ they win and if they lose‚ they lose and never having the ambition of going to the top eight‚” he said of the rigid tactical philosophy imposed by his predecessor Dan Malesela.

But Moloi‚ who has employed a more attacking approach albeit a little loose at times‚ said he wanted a top four finish amid clearly set goals and targets and is looking for full points against struggling Cape Town City at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

“The last three years we have been fighting to survive‚ to avoid relegation.

"But now‚ where we are (on the Absa Premiership log)‚ everyone is asking are we going to go down or are we going to go up.

“I don’t look at what is behind me. I’m looking rather at what is in front of me and this is the spirit that I want to bring into the team.

“I’m telling them ‘The football that you were playing‚ everybody was praising you for but that football didn’t take you anywhere‚ and at the end of the season you were fighting to avoid relegation’.

“This time we are not fighting against relegation but to be in the top eight. Let’s get into the top eight. Once we are there‚ as was the case in the first round‚ we need to fight to get into the top four.”

Chippa go into the game (kick off 8pm) in ninth place on 27 points but are only seven off fourth spot.

“I still have that belief that we can still get into the top four because of how tight the league is and how the results are going. It’s so unpredictable.

"It’s just for the players to have that belief that we can get results and get to where we are supposed to go. I’m still positive and maintain we can still do it.”

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