NOW that his team has successfully secured a topeight finish in the Premier Soccer League, Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela has set his sights on winning trophies for the club.
The former Orlando Pirates skipper was roped in before the PSL break initially as Roger Sikhakhane’s assistant coach, but was reassigned to caretaker coach soon after arriving at the Port Elizabeth-based club. Within just a couple of months of him steering the team, the Chilli Boys became a force to be reckoned with in the PSL employing a skilful and entertaining brand of soccer.
His positive results at the club gained him a three-year contract with Chippa and also a top-eight finish, which has booked the Chilli Boys a spot in the lucrative MTN 8 competition.
“I am not going to start over-committing in terms of what we need to achieve, but it would be nice to win a t ro p h y, ”Malesela said. “I think we will expand our history book in that way – making it brighter and bigger. We will compete for trophies. The fact that we are in the top eight now says something.”
Chippa are in sixth place on the log with 42 points from 29 games and play their final league game for the season against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium today (kick-off 3pm). \
Depending on other results, a win against Chiefs today could see Chippa finish in fifth place.The worst place the team can finish is eighth. Having spent only half a season in Port Elizabeth and summing up his time with the team, Maselela said: “It was a pretty good season considering where the club used to be, but also with the number of points and position the club were at when I came in.”
However, one thing he is not satisfied with is the number of games the team have lost.
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