We need more midfielders to improve – 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 coach Dan Malesela has explained the rationale behind the influx of midfielders revealed amongst the club’s signings on Wednesday.

Malesela outlines last season’s struggles and shortcomings in midfield, as the sole reason why he felt the need to bolster the midfield more than any other department.

“We will probably have more wingers and midfielders that signed. The reason for the midfielders is that we struggled big time last season in terms of replacements because we were plagued by suspensions and injuries, and at some stage we had to sort of have a makeshift of a player or push a defender in the middle because we had to close the gap.

“With that in mind we said we are going to sign a lot more midfielders, but also, we have very young players from our Multichoice Diski Challenge team that we signed from there. We do not really want to rush. We are careful as to how we blend them in the team because there already is pressure for the team to perform,” said the former Mamelodi Sundowns defender.

Malesela also alluded to not putting any more pressure to his newly promoted players than there already is in the team, saying he will only use them when he feels they are ready for the big stage.

“Obviously there might be people who are sitting and say let us see what this Chippa will play this season. So we do not want to be exposed to that pressure. We will obviously play them as and when we feel that the time is opportune for them.

“We also have signed a lot of defenders because we had lost defenders and there are probably two or more defenders still coming – we are actually closed in terms of the middle and going up … we just need the two defenders, they are almost certain to be here,” he explained.

The former Orlando Pirates defender says he aims to encourage competition in the team before they even go out to face opponents.

“What we have signed are people who will compete, not only in the league, but we want competition here at the club before we have it I the field. If we have competition here, it will overwhelm for the games,” he said.

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