Johannesburg - Chippa United captain James Okwuosa says his team will be going all out to avoid relegation ahead of their Absa Premiership match against league champions Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Chippa are fighting for their PSL lives after a 1-1 draw to MP Black Aces in midweek left them only three points ahead of the relegation zone in 14th place with 30 points.
Chippa only need a point to ensure their safety in the South African top flight, but they face a Kaizer Chiefs team who will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Bidvest Wits in midweek.
Still, speaking ahead of the game Okwuosa is confident his side can get the better of the Amakhosia and will fight for all three points.
“We will go all out and play our normal game against Chiefs,” said Okwuosa.
“We know it is not going to be easy as Chiefs will want to win after losing to Wits in midweek.
“We will not be playing a defensive game, though, we will try and attack.
“In the PSL anything is possible and there are no favourites. We need the points.”
Chiefs, who have already been crowned league champions, currently occupy top spot on the log with 66 points from 29 games, but coach Stuart Baxter admits his side are struggling to play their final games and this was evident in their loss to Wits.
“If we were discussing before the game about the difficulties of having won the league and then playing important games – we saw that in the first 20 minutes against Wits,” said Baxter who added that his team may change against Chippa.
“Possibly (the result against Wits could result in the team being changed) because some of the players didn’t play as well as I expect them to play, but not just because I want to throw a few kids in and have a good laugh
“We will try and make a competitive team and do the right thing by the rest of the league.
“We have something to play for and I hope the players understand that.”
In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Chiefs have met in three league matches since 2012/13.
The Amakhosi boast a 100% record in the sequence, with three wins from as many matches.
Chippa’s only previous home league match against Chiefs was a 2-0 loss in the second half of the 2012/13 season.
When the teams met earlier this season, Bernard Parker scored the only goal as the Amakhosi claimed a home win in Soweto.
Kick-off is at 15:00.