Teboho Moloi raises stakes for Kaizer Chiefs clash, targets a CAF spot for Chippa United
Posted: 5 December 2017 Time: 17:30
Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi says he is unsure whether Kaizer Chiefs are "league specialists" as they prepare to avenge their cup defeat last month.
Chippa will revive hostilities with Chiefs in an Absa Premiership clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday.
The two sides met last month in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals, with Amakhosi walking away 1-0 victors in a heated affair at the same venue.
However, Moloi feels Chiefs' cup pedigree was what helped them over the line, and is adamant this week's match will be a different ball game altogether.
"Chiefs are not called 'cup specialists' for nothing, maybe that is why they had an upper hand over us [in the cup match]," Moloi tells KickOff.com.
"But I don't know if they are league specialists, we'll have to wait and see after 90 minutes if they can beat us [on Wednesday]."
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder is expecting his charges to handle themselves better on the park this time around, and steer clear of things beyond their control, such as the officiating.
"In this game we need to make a difference because you never know what will happen in the next few games. Our players now understand they need to be mentally and physically strong, especially against Chiefs," he adds.
"You can't lose it the way we nearly did [in the Telkom Knockout match] when [referee's] decisions weren't going our way. This is where we need to now show maturity when it comes to these things."
Meanwhile, Moloi, who took over the head coaching reins from Dan Malesela just three games into the current campaign, believes beating Chiefs could set them on their way to a top-three finish as he targets CAF football next season.
"This game is a six-pointer because we are only three points away from the top. We always say the league is a marathon, but now it is like the heats in the sprints," says the former Bucs assistant coach.
"This is maybe the second last heat before you know if you qualify to be racing with the final group of 100m sprinters, and we can't allow the top teams to move away from us because then we'll struggle in the race.
"This season we want to see ourselves in the top three, or otherwise we have to win the Nedbank, so that we can at least go to Africa next season. I want these players to taste Africa, I want them to grow and mature as players."