Local News 10.8.2016 12:01 pm

We are not anywhere near our best – Malesela

Daniel Malesela, coach of Chippa United. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Daniel Malesela, coach of Chippa United. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Chippa United head coach Dan Malesela says his side still has a lot of work to do ahead of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign.

The Chilli Boys get their season underway on August 23 when they welcome Free Sate Stars to Port Elizabeth.

After finishing sixth last season – their best top flight finish ever – Malesela says his men are not yet fully geared-up.

“There is a lot of work to be done. We need to learn from our mistakes. I would say now we are approaching 70% readiness,” said the former Mamelodi Sundowns player.

Malesela assessed and evaluated the strength of his squad, and is impressed with the showing so far.

“We did not want to take trialists to camp, and I was happy to work with the players we have signed only. The response from the lads has been good and I am impressed,” he explained.

“We focused on a lot of things in what was the second phase of our pre-season, including the performance aspect, conditioning and we also got to play games and look at different combinations,” he added.

The 51-year-old mentor pointed out the importance of letting players know what was expected from them from the onset.

“It is also important for players to know what is required from them. It is a responsibility we share with the players that have been here for a while, players who understand the philosophy behind our style of play,” said the former All Stars coach.

“I have had one-on-ones with some of the players, just to discuss their aspirations and development.

“We don’t want to read too much on the results. Sometimes teams can be on fire during preseason and struggle when the real work starts, but I am pleased with the information we have collected thus far,” he added.

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results

FS Stars 0-2 Chiefs
Arrows 1-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 1-4 Chippa Utd
Highlands 1-1 CT City

fixtures

Arrows vs Chippa Utd
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
Chiefs vs Ajax CT

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Kaizer Chiefs 5 10
2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1