CHIPPA United and their head coach Teboho Moloi are bracing themselves for an acid test against Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal this weekend.
The Chilli Boys host the Soweto giants in the pick of the weekend’s cup clashes at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
Moloi, who replaced Dan “Dance” Malesela, has yet to taste defeat in six matches in all competitions.
The Eastern Cape outfit most recently dismantled league champions Bidvest Wits with a comfortable 2-0 Absa Premiership victory at Milpark Stadium on Wednesday. Super sub Samuel Julies grabbed a brace for Chippa.
Moloi’s men got to the quarterfinal stage of the cup competition after defeating African champions Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the Last 16 round.
Everything is falling into place for Moloi and the Chilli Boys. They seem to play with confidence and have also tightened up at the back.
Moloi said: “Chippa used to open the back door and did not defend well but we have now rectified that. We are sharp in attack too. The fitness level is good.
Moloi said he told players that he would rather lose to Chiefs and beat Wits, as he was eyeing a top three finish in the league to help the team play in Africa.
He said: “Our consistency will show us if we are ready to play in Africa.”
Moloi compared Julies to the late former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Bernard Masinga.
He said: “The boy is clinical, he’s got pace. He plays like Masinga and comes from a good development School of Excellence.”
Moloi said his team would be ready for Amakhosi: “I’m still on cloud nine after the win against Wits. Everybody tells us Chiefs are cup specialists – in that case we have to prepare properly.”
Julies attributed his brace to hard work. He said: “I’m returning from a hamstring injury and am slowly working my way back into the team. I have been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes.”
He added that the Wits win had boosted their confidence ahead of their big showdown with Amakhosi.
He said: “We are looking forward to the game and are going there high on confidence. We believe we can win it.”