The newly-promoted side left their traditional home base at Philippi Stadium in Cape Town where they use to play in front of a capacity crowd of 5 000.
But following their move to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, there is a worry that the support will dwindle in the 48 000-seater stadium, despite a good crowd attending this weekend’s friendly defeat to Chiefs.
However, Mekuto is confident that Chippa will make it work at their new base.
“The attendance against Kaizer Chiefs was good and we are excited about the future,” Mekuto tells KickOff.com. “We needed motivation and that is what we got against Kaizer Chiefs.
“It was very encouraging and if you look at the time frame of when we prepared for the match, it shows the dedication. We only had a week and a couple of days and we pulled it off.
“It was a really good response and it indicates that if we work harder we will be able to improve. Now word on the street is that people can’t wait to see Chippa United playing and those kinds of comments give us hope.”
Chippa kick off their season at home against Platinum Stars and travel to SuperSport United away before hosting University of Pretoria in the second home match of the season.
“When it comes to crowd attendance, we know what to expect against Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns,” Mekuto adds.
“And the best way to deal with this is we need to look at average crowd attendance. If we get anything between 7 000-15 000 on average we will be happy and we can grow from there.
“In our first match against Platinum Stars there will be a good crowd because fans will be excited to see a new team; the challenge will come in the second home match of the season. But we need to have a consistent average attendance and not fluctuating figures.”
Chippa were relegated from PSL in 2012/13 after just one season in the top-flight, but Mekuto insists that won’t be the case again.
“We had players who were playing together for the first time with little training. But they showed they understand what the coach wants and there are a lot more positive than negatives from that match,” he says.