Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi says his team will be looking to bully Polokwane City off the park in their final Absa Premiership match of the year at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium today (3.30pm).
The newly-appointed head coach is oozing confidence, having reached major milestones in the short period he has been with the Port Elizabeth-based club. City have been blowing hot and cold so far this season and the Chilli Boys are looking to redeem themselves following the disappointing 1-0 loss to Ajax Cape Town at Bidvest Stadium last week.
As result of the loss, they have dropped from second position to fifth on the league table with 19 points from 14 matches.
They are a point behind second-placed Orlando Pirates while City are third from the bottom with 12 points from 13 games.
“What happened at the Bidvest will not happen again this weekend,” Moloi said confidently.
“We are going to bully our opponents as they will be playing in our backyard,” said Moloi, who will be relying on the likes of star midfielder Mark Mayambela to pull it off.
“Playing Polokwane will not be easy because they are unpredictable. They are a very difficult team to play, be it at home or away.”
“They are strong going forward but they have a lot of flaws defensively. They are the type of team that really punishes you if you are caught napping.
“We have a solid game plan in place and we know exactly how to execute it,” he said.
November’s Coach of the Month award-winner says he has reflected on their last game against the Urban Warriors and has learnt valuable lessons.
“They understand clearly what happened in the last game against Ajax and they know exactly what is expected of them going to the next game.
“The boys know they must go out and give the supporters an early Christmas present as a token of their appreciation for the incredible support they have shown the team throughout the season.
“I take full responsibility for the loss against Ajax. We changed our normal tactics that we use when playing away and it backfired on us.
“There was too much excitement in the camp and we did not rise to the occasion. We totally forgot our motto of making sure that we get a point in our away games by any means necessary.
“We crumbled through the anxiety and pressure we had on our shoulders going into that game.
“We should have stuck to an ultra-defensive style of play to catch the opponents on the counter-attack. Nevertheless, I have learnt my lesson to never let the hype of small celebrations get to our heads.”
Moloi has made his intentions clear and wants to be in the top rungs of the ladder when the PSL season reopens in January.
“We want to see ourselves in the top three at the end of the season. We want to start fighting vigorously as soon as the season reopens in January.
“It is our vision to play on the continent as well and we hope this dream comes to life in the near future.” “It would be ideal for us to close the first half of the season on a high note and in the top five on the log.”
“I know we are already in the top half of the table but we need to make sure that we consolidate that position until the very last game,” Moloi said.