Chippa United goalkeeper, Ismail Watenga says his team is well placed to challenge Kaizer Chiefs. Both teams are fighting their own private battles far away from the summit, but this match has the potential to shape the landscape of the Premiership next season.
Chippa head into the match off the back of a morale boosting draw against title-challenging Golden Arrows, while Kaizer Chiefs knocked off Sundowns to move back into the top eight on Sunday. The Chilli Boys are once again fighting relegation, but Watenga believes they can claim a big scalp if they build on recent performances.
“The mood in the camp is so high, we are so motivated after the draw with Golden Arrows, it’s one of the big teams in the PSL this season. They are strong and they are well organized, so it’s motivating to us. I think it will help us in the next game against Kaizer Chiefs,” said Watenga.
“About Kaizer Chiefs, they are a big team, strong team, we respect them, but we’re not scared, and we don’t fear. We’re going to respect them when they have the ball, when we have the ball, we shall play them like any other team. True, they are big, but we’re not scared, we just respect them,” he added.
Chippa have just three wins to their name in 24 Premiership outings this season which leaves them in desperate need of three points when the face Kaizer Chiefs.
Watenga is also keen to build on his first clean sheet of the season last time out.
“Winning the Kaizer Chiefs game is so important to us because we are not in the safe position, getting three points is so important for us because we need to survive the relegation. To me, the clean sheet (against Arrows) is so good to me as an individual and for the team, it gives confidence to us so that we can keep fighting,” the Ugandan goalkeeper added.
Kaizer Chiefs host Chippa United today at 15:00.