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Coach disappointed but sees positives after weekend setback

Chippa United will return to training on Tuesday seeking to put the bitter disappointment of narrowly missing out on weekend success behind them. Now the team is working towards preparing for their next match.

Coach Roger Sikhakhane said: “It was very disappointing to concede a goal in the dying minutes of [Sunday’s] game against Wits but we showed we are a side of much potential.”

It was the first game back for the quiet-spoken coach, who had been sidelined for medical reasons after leading the side to promotion in June.

But he returned to the helm last week after the sacking of Manqoba Mngqithi to take over again and came close to a dream return at the Athlone Stadium, where Chippa were just minutes away from a first-ever Premier Soccer League win before Wits snatched a late equaliser.

“We had a lot of chances and in future we have to learn how to put them away. But you could see that the team is going forward.

“There will be some changes in the team going forward, not so much in the make up of the team but the way we will play. We’ve got a good squad.

“I think for the players and for me we need to work on our finishing. That’s where we are lacking.”

Sikhakhane said he was pleased to have 10 days to prepare for the next Wednesday’s home match against Bloemfontein Celtic. It will be another home match for the PSL new boys, who have drawn two and lost two of their opening four matches in the top flight.

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