Dan Malesela believes Katlego Mashego can deliver for Chippa United
Posted: 2 November 2016 Time: 12:17
Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has backed new signing Katlego Mashego to deliver for his team but feels it's important to understand how to utilise him.
Mashego yesterday joined the Chilli Boys on a free transfer, after seeing his contract out at Mamelodi Sundowns, and immediately featured in their 1-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits on Tuesday evening.
The 34-year-old striker played the entire 90 minutes despite his last competitive appearance coming as a 81st minute substitute in Downs' final league game in May last season.
However, Malelsela feels 'Mahoota' can definitely bring something to his team, and says the upcoming Telkom Knockout and FIFA breaks will give him a chance to get the best out of the former Bafana Bafana frontman.
"There are glimpses of good things to come [from Mashego], it's just a question of knowing how to utilise him better in future games," Malesela told reporters after the match.
"We have a bit of time now, so we can start learning as to how I should help him and how he should contribute to the club. But I think there's a lot that he can give us."
On the night, Mashego had a glorious opportunity to score on debut, when Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo scuffed a back-pass and allowed him a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Darren Keet, but his shot at goal from an acute angle hit the side-netting.
Apart from that chance, the former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United attacker lacked supply from his teammates throughout the match, and was forced to drop deep in order to get the ball.
Malesela, though, feels the lack of supply was as a result of the team's poor decision-making in the final third.
"Not really. It goes back to what we do – we make bad decisions when we are in the opponent's penalty area, and I think that must improve," he added.
"I've been talking about it for quite some time, and we've tried to train and said look, this is what you should do; this is what you shouldn't do.
"I think the decision-making is key. It's not about the service because we can have that, so we just need to choose the right things to do at the right moments."