Chippa United’s coach believe his side can beat any team

Chippa United interim coach Joel Masutha is confident his team has the quality to lift themselves out of their current predicament and climb up the league table.

Announced as the club’s third coach of the season so far, albeit in a caretaker role, Masutha has drawn both of his two matches in charge since taking over from Eric Tinkler, with the Chilli Boys languishing in 14th spot on the Absa Premiership log, a point above joint-bottom Baroka and Maritzburg United, who still have a game in hand, reported by KickOff.

Yet Masutha is unperturbed, insisting his new side will soon change their season around.

Joel Masutha

“This is a team that wants to move up the log,” he told reporters. “Normally when you are down there, there is a lot of stress. I do feel like we need to work on playing more positively and not being afraid and taking the game to the opponent.

“But if you look at the team I have‚ I believe that on any given day they can take on anybody and win the match.”

Masutha says he has been working on building a more united squad, and is happy with the players’ response so far.

“All people work differently, but I’ve tried to bring everyone close to me, and I’m not a coach who will hold grudges against anybody,” he said.

“We might have disagreements and sometimes we might even swear at each other, but tomorrow is another day, and we come smiling. We can’t always agree – for the team to move up, there has to be tensions here and there, and I think everyone is embracing me and the boys are happy with the way I am doing things. They’ve given their all, and that’s all I can ask of them.”