Mosimane Wants To Break The Chippa Jinx

Now that Mamelodi Sundowns have broken the hold Cape Town City had over them, the Brazilians are shifting their focus to Chippa United who they have beaten just once in their last six meetings.

Sundowns will look to end that jinx when they host the Chilli Boys in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Loftus Versfeld. The Brazilians lead the league race with just one point and a game in hand. This match came just after Sundowns beat City for a second successive time to reach the Nedbank Cup semifinals.

“It’s back to the fire now,” Mosimane said. “It’s tough. We have a game in hand but games in hand don’t mean anything. You have to win your games. Chippa always gives us problems. We always draw with that team. But sometimes history can change. Like the history Cape Town City had over us, now it has changed. We have to do the same with Chippa United.”

The Brazilians will draw inspiration from how they managed to end the hoodoo City had over them, beating Sundowns for three successive matches. Bafana Ba Style flipped the script on the side from the Mother City to beat them in the league and the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals by using the experience they have gained from the Caf Champions League.

“It was a very exciting game for the people who paid their monies,’ Mosimane said. “We played against a very good team. Benni McCarthy is a brave coach who appreciates good football. They build-up from the back. We knew that they would do that. But we managed to steal a few balls when they were building from the back. But unfortunately in the first half we didn’t use the chances we got when we stole the ball. They are a very exciting team, very good and I am not surprised that they beat Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits.

“Surprise Ralani stole the show. He deserved it. He did well. Let’s face it, we should have scored more goals in the first half, maybe three goals. They had more of the ball and looked more enterprising. We were a little bit more effective because we knew that if we could get the first goal we would be in a good position because they don’t score a lot of goals. All in all it boiled down to experience. You don’t have to have frills. This game isn’t about frills. It’s about going through to the next stage. Sibusiso Vilakazi, Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda showed that they are Bafana Bafana players. Cape Town City is normally good in midfield. We did well to ensure that there was no noise there.”