Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza faces perhaps one of his biggest challenge since he took over the reigns at the Chilli Boys when they face Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout on Sunday.
The former FC Platinum coach’s side host Pitso Mosimane’s Masandawana for a place in the last eight of the knockout tournament under very conflicting scenarios.
The first one is that Chippa United are the only team in the ABSA Premiership still to win a single league game in this campaign. They are bottom- placed and relagation possibilities are already being whispered.
The second scenario is that they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to set up a quater -final date with Sundowns and even though they are struggling in the league, a win on Sunday will enable a realistic chance of a title shot.
The game with Sundowns comes perhaps at a wrong time for Mapeza, who last week publicly admitted that his current squad is not good enough and asking for it to excel wil be asking for him to “perfom miracles”.
Anything but a win would further dent his charges’ confidence as the season progresses.