Dan Delighted, Larsen Laments

Chippa United defeated Golden Arrows 2-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The home side dominated the opening stages of the game.  However, Chippa took full control of the game in the second half, scoring two goals after the hour mark.  

Goals from Nkosinathi Mthiyane and Lerato Manzini handed United the much-needed three points in this away fixture that moves them to the seventh position on the log.  Chilli Boys coach Dan Malesela was a happy man after the match, saying:  ‘We came to the game and knew Arrows are a good team.  They have been playing well since the new coach Clinton Larsen took over.  I’m very happy with the three points but we still need to improve as a team.  We are going back to Port Elizabeth to work hard as a team.’

Abafana Bes’thende boss Larsen wasn’t a happy man after the defeat but he hopes his side will bounce back.  He says:  ‘We played three games in six days.  We knew that in the second half our legs are gonna go and unfortunately we don’t have enough depth in our team.  We have a young team that is still in progress.  The team is working very hard on the training ground but we hope to bounce back soon.  We made some tactical changes.  We brought on Jabulani Gumede, we brought on (the) pace of (Rodney) Ramagalela as we tried to push Gift Sithole high up the pitch and also pushing up our flanks but credit must go to Chippa United (because) their tactics were spot on.  We have to pick ourselves up and work hard for the next game.  We’re gonna go back and analyse our game.  We will try to do better especially in our home games.’