Anxious moments for Chippa

Chippa United will have to fight for their survival when they meet AmaZulu in a crucial Absa Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

The Chilli Boys are currently placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 25 points from 29 matches and needing maximum points to stand any chance of avoiding direct relegation or taking part in promotion playoffs.

However, there is hope for the Phillipi-based side as they are unbeaten in their last five league outings, coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to University of Pretoria in their last match.

Chippa have not done well on the road, winning just one game away from home this season, but club media officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi hopes his side will repeat the performance which saw them claiming maximum points against Orlando Pirates.

“The mood has been positive because the boys have not lost recently but the boys are aware of the challenge that lies ahead,” he said.

“It is a big ask to beat any team in this league, especially in their home ground but we are taking this match very seriously because it is one of the biggest games in the club’s history.

“AmaZulu have improved tremendously and they are a side that plays the passing game well, but we believe that playing against a team like that means we’ll also have a chance to play to our strengths.”

AmaZulu were in a similar position not so long ago but a 4-0 win over Black Leopards two weeks ago saw the Durban side ensuring their survival in the elite league.

Usuthu are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 32 points from 29 matches.

However, they go into this game looking to bounce back from a 3- loss to Bidvest Wits and captain Tapuwa Kapini says they are eager to bounce back from defeat.

“We’ve had a week to recover from the loss to Wits but we are still disappointed by the result and we want to make up for it when we play against Chippa,” said Kapini.

“They are currently fighting for their safety and we understand that they will bring everything they have, but they won’t get any favours from us.

“It’s our last game of the season and we’ll be playing at home, so it’s important for us to play well for ourselves and for our fans.”

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the teams playing to a 1-1 draw in Cape Town.

Chippa will be missing the services of Andile Mbenyane, who won’t make the trip to Durban due to injury, while Marc Van Heerden remains the only injury concern for the home side.