Cape Town - Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has suggested that his team's pre-season camp in Cape Town will go a long way to aiding them in their relegation battle during the second half of the season.
The Chilli Boys sit in 11th position on the table with 16 points from a possible 42 and are only four points above the relegation zone.
The team had a successful camp, as they continue their preparations for the all-important second half of the campaign.
"The return of the players that were injured boosted the team and competition in the team," Malesela told the club's official website.
"The objective of the camp was to play as many games as possible and we were pleased with the response from the players on the games we played.
"We were able to look at different combinations. Out of the five games we played we scored in four games," he added.
Chippa have been boosted by the acquisitions of Justice Chabalala, Donald Mokondelela, Sello Japhta and Nkosinathi Mthiyane from Orlando Pirates, with James Okwuosa, Marc van Heerden and Thembinkosi Lorch also all making the move to the Mayfair-based outfit, in addition to forward Rhulani Manzini returning from injury.
"We are always looking at building camaraderie in the in the team," said Malesela.
"The mental aspect also very important and the camp give us an opportunity to focus on those areas.
"It was also pleasing to see the endurance of the players. We will be doing lot of work in defence in the next couple of days.
"We will also focus on attacking and scoring. There is a lot to be done before the next game but the camp helped our preparations for the second round of the season," he concluded.
The Port-Elizabeth based outfit face fellow league strugglers Baroka on February 7th at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.