DURBAN — Chippa United and AmaZulu will both be desperate for points when they meet in an Absa Premiership match at Philippi Stadium on Saturday.
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The “Chilli Boys” collected some points with a win over Platinum Stars and a draw against defending champions Orlando Pirates. However, losses against Ajax Cape Town and more recently the University of Pretoria means they are still in the relegation zone.
Farouk Abrahams’ side was on the verge of collecting another point against “AmaTuks” before they conceded an injury time goal to lose the match 1-0.
The result left them in 15th place on the Absa Premiership log with 11 points from 14 matches, but midfielder Larry Cohen believes they are close to turning things around.
“In the last three or four games we’ve played well. I think we’ve played the best football we’ve ever played, especially the last game against Tuks,” he said.
“The confidence is high in the camp, I just think we’ve been unlucky and we need to take our chances. If we do that I think we’ll see the positive results coming because the football has been good.”
Chippa will now go into today’s game knowing that a win could see them escaping the danger-zone and Cohen says they can’t afford anything less than maximum points.
“It’s a six pointer; a very big game for us. The boys are focused and it’s a must-win game,” he said. “I think we’ve got the ability to score goals. We’ve obviously missed some chances, but I believe we can make it right.”
AmaZulu, who have welcomed captain Tapuwa Kapini to the team, on the other hand, have lost just one of their last four games, but the other three have all ended in draws, which has not helped their cause as they look to move up from the foot of the table.
Nevertheless, midfielder Khulegani Madondo says although they were disappointed when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bidvest Wits in their last league outing, they have been improving.
“Usuthu” are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 11 points from 14 matches and Madondo equates their next game against Chippa to a cup final.