Lebitso hopes Chippa will show character against Pirates

Midfielder says they need to score more goals to win matches

Neville Khoza Journalist
Thabiso Lebitso of Chippa United.
Thabiso Lebitso of Chippa United.
Image: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Chippa United midfielder Thabiso Lebitso wants his teammates to apply the same character they showed during their goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns last month when they welcome Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Chilli Boys showed a huge fighting spirit to earn a precious point against the DStv Premiership defending champions at the same venue.

“If we can have the same character we showed against Sundowns, the same way that we played, I think we can do well against Pirates as well,” Lebitso told Sowetan yesterday. “We have to work hard because we are playing against a big team which I believe we can win against them.

“We really have to put in more effort to win this game. We also have to fix whatever that went wrong [in their last game against Royal AM] and we just have to go there with the same approach we have been showing before, the only thing we need to change is the character.”

Chippa will come into this game on the back of a 0-1 defeat to Royal in their last fixture and are desperate to bounce back to winning ways.

They had a good start in the new season under new coach Gavin Hunt, recording a victory against Sekhukhune United, then drawing with Sundowns before losing to Royal.

And the 29-year-old right-winger highlighted an area where he thinks they also need to improve going forward.

“The most important thing for us is to score goals. We have already netted one goal against Sekhukhune. We have to score more goals to win matches,” he said.

“Also, against Royal, we didn’t do well compared to games that we played against Sundowns and Sekhukhune, but I still believe that we can do more if there are things we did wrong in that game.

“I can’t be specific on what went wrong because the approach was the same. I think it might be decision-making.”

Fixtures

Saturday: Chippa v Pirates, Nelson Mandela Bay 3pm; Baroka v Sekhukhune, Peter Mokaba 5pm; Cape Town City v Stellenbosch, Athlone 5pm; Chiefs v Royal, FNB Stadium, 5pm.

Sunday: Swallows v SuperSport, Dobsonville, 3pm; Sundowns v Galaxy, Loftus Versfeld, 5pm.

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