Chippa’s choice: Revenge and the top eight

FORMER Chippa United coach Morgan Mammila has described Orlando Pirates’ attack as the best in the league. Backpagepix

FORMER Chippa United coach Morgan Mammila has described Orlando Pirates’ attack as the best in the league. Backpagepix

Published May 8, 2024



CHIPPA United have a shot at redemption following the invasion of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium by Orlando Pirates, who ‘stole’ a Nedbank Cup final spot from the Chilli Boys at the weekend to set up a potential title thriller against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Eastern Cape outfit welcomed the Sea Robbers in what would have felt like an away match for them, with the black and white of the Soweto giants visibly dominant in the stands.

GOODMAN Mosele scored for Chippa United in their last league meeting against Orlando Pirates. BackpagePix

A delay in the contest due to late fans flocking in to find their seats, only delayed the inevitable as the Buccaneers ran out 3-1 winners in the first of two meetings within five days between the two sides.

The loss was the Chilli Boys’ last chance of silverware this season and their focus must shift to closing the gap that separates them from a top-eight spot in the Premiership.

With only four matches left, it will be an important assignment for co-coaches Thabo September and Kwanele Kopo, even though they only have been in charge since January.

From the Windy City, Chippa make the tough trip to Soweto’s Orlando Stadium, where they come up against a side former coach Morgan Mammila described as “the best attacking team in the league currently” – far better than Sundowns, who have already won the Premiership title for the seventh time in a row.

BIENVENU Eva Nga will not be eligible for selection for Chippa United on tonight due to suspension. BackpagePix

Before assuming the role of technical director at the club, Mammila saw a Banele Shandu opener cancelled out by Goodman Mosele when the sides met earlier in the season, playing to a 1-1 draw in Gqeberha.

Pirates are on a run of form that has seen them score 15 goals in their last five league fixtures. They will be high on confidence with a second trophy of the season on the cards after they won the MTN8, and a CAF Champions League spot still up for grabs to wrap up what will be a good season for them.

The Chilli Boys have lost their last two league games and face an uphill task without their impressive striker Bienvenu Eva Nga, who was sent off on Saturday and is suspended.

They will need to shake off their loss quickly and target all three points in Orlando to make inroads into the top eight.

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