Thabo ace in pack for Chilli Boys
Chippa star eager to put ex-club to sword at Sisa
Defender Thabo Nthethe is relishing a chance to get one of over his former teammates when Chippa United face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premiership at Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane on Saturday.
Nthethe, who once captained the former African champions, joined the Port Elizabeth-based side at the start of the season and will be playing against his ex-teammates for the first time since his departure.
The 34-year-old player said he is ready to go the extra mile to see to it that the Chilli Boys collect the three points at home.
He said their preparations for Saturday’s battle were well under way and had progressed well.
“The training is the same as when we prepare for other games, nothing has changed,” Nthethe said at a media conference on Wednesday.
“The coach is working hard in making sure that we are ready to play Sundowns and the guys are willing to work towards getting a positive result on Saturday,” said Nthethe.
“It will be my first time playing against Sundowns since I left the team. It’s a game that I am looking forward to. Hopefully, I will have a good day not necessarily to show them [Sundowns] that my exit was a mistake, but more that I have to see to it that we get a positive result on the day.
“I am here now and we have a plan that we want to put the team in a good position. So playing against Sundowns is a good motivation for the players because they are a big team.
“We really want to have a good run and to beat them especially since we are playing at home. So we really have to do well.”
Chippa have had a turbulent start to their league campaign this season having only managed to bag eight points from eight matches.
They are 11th on the log with two wins, two draws and four defeats to their name.
A win against Sundowns would be the confidence booster the team needs going forward in the league.
“Currently we have not been getting good results and going forward I think we can do that as a team,” said Nthethe.
“I have to speak to the guys and caution them of what to expect from my former team.”..