they host Bidvest Wits at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday.
However, the big challenge for coach Roger Sikhakhane will be to
compose his squad after what has been a most eventful week in Port
Elizabeth. The big news during the past week was the acquisition of
former Mamelodi Sundowns forward Edward Manqele, who will spend the next
three seasons in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The one complication for Chippa United is that Manqele has not been
active for a protracted period and the race appeared to be on to get him
fit and ready to compete against Wits on Wednesday. Indications are
that there is an intention to select him for this week’s Premiership
fixture but the jury is out on how prominently he will feature in that
match, if at all.
The other complication which Chippa United have encountered during
the past week was the death of star performer Mpho Mvelase’s father.
The midfielder, who has played in eight of the club’s matches this
season, was given time to take care of family matters but there is no
clarity on whether he will be available for selection this week.
The other big news for the club was that Putco Mafani joined the
club’s management team on Monday this week. Whether that will have an
impact on the team’s performance on Wednesday is debatable but there is a
clear statement of intent from the club – that it plans to build on the
platform it has created for itself during the early stages of the
The desire to succeed has been fuelled by the recent developments,
especially as the club currently occupies the eighth position on the
league standings and they have not been defeated in their last five
It is often said that Port Elizabeth is the windy city, well Wits can
expect a Chippa Storm this week. Wits coach Gavin Hunt has consistently
highlighted his concerns about the strike force that he has at his
disposal this season but seldom is the case of
At this juncture the real question centres around the team’s ability
to bounce back from what was a devastating defeat against Polokwane City
in front of expectant home fans.