Chippa United goal keeper Abduraghmaan ‘Duri’ White says that having reached the NFD promotion play-offs, the Philippi-based side are determined to go all the way.
|Abduraghmaan White © Backpagepix
The Chilli Boys beat FC AK 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to finish second behind champions the University of Pretoria. Thanda Royal Zulu ended the season in third after they overcame Tuks and Blackburn Rovers lost to Bay United in East London.
“We were confident going into the match that we would get the result we needed and it was a great feeling yesterday to realise we have achieved our goal,” White told PSL.co.za.
“Now we are headed for the play-offs and our expectations are high – we believe in ourselves as a team and believe that we are good enough to play in the PSL.”
The reliable Number One and his defence conceded just one goal in the final three games of the season as they took seven points from nine, showing that the team is on top of their game right now.
Two weeks ago Chippa beat Blackburn 2-0, but with the East London team going into the final weekend’s action in second place, White admits it was a surprise to see them fall at the final hurdle.
“I was very surprised, because most people thought Thanda was out of it. When we beat Blackburn recently, the Rovers guys said it was ok because they were already in the play-offs.
“So now we play Thanda instead. We beat them 3-0 at home, and in KZN they beat us 2-1 with a goal in the last 10 minutes.”
The Cape Town-born White is then looking forward to the challenge of overcoming their more established city rivals Santos – the Peoples’ Team have been in existence for 30 years, Chippa for only three, after they bought the Second Division status of Paarl team Mbekweni Cosmos.
White has already tasted promotion before – in 2006 he was part of the Bidvest Wits side under Boebie Solomons that won the National First Division title.
He then took a couple of steps down to go and play in the Vodacom Second Division with Mr Price Parkhurst, but is now in with a chance of playing in the top flight after Chippa’s remarkable first season in the NFD.
“Its going to be a tough one against Santos. They have been in the top league for so long and will be desperate to hang on to their status. But we have a strong squad. We have guys who are experienced, who have played in the PSL, who have participated in play-offs. The challenge will be for the youngsters to rise to the occasion, but we believe that as a team we can do it.”
Chippa’s fixtures for the play-offs are as follows:
27 May 2012 – Chippa United vs Thanda Royal Zulu
30 May 2012 – Santos vs Chippa United
20 June 2012 – Thanda Royal Zulu vs Chippa United
23 June 2012 – Chippa United vs Santos