Cape Town – Edward
Manqele is in line to make his full Chippa United debut when they host
little-known Natal United in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at the Wolfson Stadium.
The striker joined from Mamelodi Sundowns late last year and
has been slowly working his way towards full fitness.
He played 26 minutes off the bench in the 1-1 Premiership
draw against Maritzburg United last week, impressing his coach Ernst
The Chilli Boys will also welcome back defender Christopher
Komane after he missed the last two games through suspension.
Chippa’s opponents from Msinga, which is between Dundee and
Greytown in northern KwaZulu-Natal, play in South Africa’s third tier.
They currently top the ABC Motsepe League in their region
and narrowly missed out on qualification for both the National First Division
and the Ke Yona competition last year.
Their coach, Smart Ndlovu, is relishing the opportunity to
play on the big stage, saying they held all the aces ahead of the trip to
Nelson Mandela Bay.
“Being a smaller team gives us the advantage because we are
not the ones under pressure,” he said.
“So we will be going out there to enjoy the game and we’ll
try to enjoy it by winning.
“I expect the game to be more difficult for Chippa because
playing against us; perhaps they will become frustrated if they don’t score an
“I think that’s what we’ll be aiming for, which is not to
let them get ahead of us early on.”
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday, February 21.