Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to make it two wins in a row in the DStv Premiership when they take on Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Masandawana go into the game on the back of a thrilling 1-0 opening day victory over AmaZulu FC, whilst the hosts also collected maximum points against Sekhukhune United on the weekend at the Makhulong Stadium.
Tuesday’s encounter provides The Brazilians another opportunity to keep the winning momentum going. Chippa narrowly survived relegation last season, however, according to Coach Manqoba Mngqithi it won’t be easy playing against the Chilli Boys under title-winning Coach Gavin Hunt.
“I am expecting a tough match, knowing Gavin Hunt – even the goal they scored against Sekhukhune was from a set piece. They’ve got some very strong players like [Roscoe] Pietersen, [Sammy] Seabi and [Veluyeke] Zulu, all those players are a factor, even Eva Nga. [Mokgakolodi] Tsotso Ngele is also a big factor on set pieces because he is also good aerially, he is very good in and around the area box from direct free kicks.” said Coach Manqoba.
“You can expect a game that will have a lot of aerial duels, a game that will have a lot of a bite because Chippa works very hard and Gavin you know his teams are never easy to break down.”
Downs will be confident to win the encounter, having won both matches played against their hosts in the previous DStv Premiership campaign. The Chilli boys started their new season campaign with a victory and may look to protect their winning streak against the defending Champions.
“One also foresees a possibility of them sitting in a little bit. They played with three center backs against Sekhukhune United, with two wing backs and three central midfielders and two up top [therefore] you can expect a game that will be a little bit frustrating with a bit of directness offensively from [Ismail] Watenga who has got a very good kick and Eva Nga on top.” said Coach Manqoba.
The Bafana Ba Style Coach expressed concerns over the injuries that the team is facing and will be looking to bring on other players up to complete the tasks at hand.
“What is not helping us at this stage is the injuries that we’ve had. That has made our life a little bit difficult in our selection and maybe changing a team that has been doing well. After two matches with two wins you would not want to tamper with the team, but as it is now we are back to that stage where we have to bring the other players which we believe have the capacity to help the team.”
Mamelodi Sundowns face Chippa United FC in the DStv Premiership Campaign on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Kick-off is 17H00 and will be live on SuperSport PSL 202.