Posted: 4 February 2018
Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi wants to turn their home venue Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium into a slaughterhouse.
To that end Moloi picked the brain of Maritzburg United counterpart Fadlu Davids after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Harry Gwala Stadium last week.
‘Tebza’ hopes to put what he has learnt to use when the Chilli Boys entertain relegation-threatened Platinum Stars in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Moloi will be coming up against Roger de Sa, who he served as an assistant coach at Orlando Pirates.
“Roger de Sa is my former colleague and they are coming to our home ground. You saw me at the end of the game [against Maritzburg], myself and Fadlu Davids exchanged ideas. We speak football, we are young coaches,” Moloi said.
“I wanted advice from him on how he turned this stadium [Harry Gwala Stadium] into a slaughterhouse.
“We exchanged ideas and I hope whatever we spoke about can help my players with how important it is to turn Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium into a fortress.”
Meanwhile, Moloi was pleased with Fares Hachi’s performance against Maritzburg, having just signed the Algerian fullback on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns until the end of the season.
Hachi, who saw little game-time at Downs after joining them a year ago from ES Setif, was tidy in his tackles and put in an accomplished shift down the left flank.
“You can see he’s professional. North African players: Algeria, Morocco, your Egyptians, those are the players that’ll give you 100 percent concentration on the field and die for you,” Moloi said.
“When last did he play? But the man played like he’s been playing. You can imagine if you have a properly fit Hachi combining with [Paseka] Mako we are going to have a formidable left side, just like when [Phetso] Maphanga was here [before he joined Orlando Pirates].”
Chippa will be without the suspended Linda Mntambo against Dikwena. He has won three man-of-the-match awards since joining United from Jomo Cosmos in the January transfer window.