Julies plays down 'super-sub' tag

Julies has come on as a second-half substitute on two occasions this week and was the hero in both matches. He scored the winner against his former side Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout last 16 on Sunday, just minutes after coming on. He then got himself on the score sheet twice in a 2-0 win over defending Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night.

Before bagging his brace against the Clever Boys, Julies missed a glorious opportunity but bounced back with two stunning goals to give Chippa a valuable victory away from home. He was named man of the match and he was visibly delighted with the award after the game, but he won't let it get to his head.

"People don’t know that I am just coming back from my hamstring injury, so I have to play like gradually. This is not necessarily a super-sub thing, it’s just to get my fitness back," he said after the game.

"I just have to keep myself grounded and keep working. This starts all at training. As the guys we stay behind [after training] and do a lot of finishing and crossing. This does not come overnight, it’s something we work over and it’s paying off."

Despite being a promising player, Julies could never crack it at Sundowns. Previous coach Johan Neeskens rated him highly and gave him opportunities here and there, but he was later loaned out to Vasco da Gama in the National First Division, where he did fairly well.

Last season he was back at Sundowns and made three appearances, one of which was as a starter. Despite not getting a chance to fully prove himself at Downs, Julies says he has always believed in himself. 

"I don’t want to sound arrogant, but as a person you need to believe in yourself. I believe in my ability. Every chance I get I make sure I play to the best of my ability. 

"I am very happy, but as I say it comes with hard work. I’d also like to thank the guys for the support. You saw the fighting spirit. For me personally I am happy and I am very grateful."

Now Chippa will turn their focus to the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals, where they have a date with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday (15h30). Chippa are hoping they can go all the way and win their first piece of silverware in topflight football.

"This win [against Wits] boosted our confidence, so we just need to brush it aside and focus on the next game. It’s a cup game, so we have to work hard for our supporters to create history for ourselves and for the club."