Chippa United interim coach Siyabulela Gwambi says he will tell the players not to be discouraged after their 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday.
Chippa are 15th in the DStv Premiership, and are in desperate need of points to escape the relegation zone.
Gwambi, who is leading the team after the club parted ways with Dan Malesela, says this was a performance they can build from
“Ja, we started a bit slow,” Gwambi told Chippa’s media department.
“I think our plan was to defend as deep as possible and not play the high block. Because we’re aware of the runs that are made by Sundowns. We said, okay, let’s watch, let us not engage more immediately, when we get the ball at the feet, we will try and get the ball into the wide spaces that they might open because they are a team that always releases their full backs.”
“Now the instruction is once they release their full backs, they are always leaving open spaces for us to build. So our plan was to test them on the counter.”
“But immediately after they scored then we had to change our approach. Because now already, we could see that we were a goal behind and we’re playing at home, of which every chance that we got after we’ve changed to say, okay, now let’s get the high line.”
“We managed to get opportunities in the first half, one or two. Second half, we created a lot of chances, about two before we actually scored the goal to make it 1-1. So this is a performance that I think we can build from. It’s very, very impressive. You can see the boys, they are disappointed, but I’ll tell them not to be discouraged. There’s still a long way to go.