Goalkeeper Ismail Watenga had a chance to win silverware in his first season at Chippa United, but it did not go according to plan.
The Chillie Boys lost 1-0 to Tshakhuma in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday thanks to Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo 27th minute strike, which needed a deflection to beat Watenga.
Watenga now wants to turn the attention to the Premier Soccer League, where Chippa United is 15th on the 16-team log with four games to go.
“Focus now is try our level best and survive relegation,” Watenga told Football256.
“We need to lift ourselves, accept the cup was not ours, and make sure we play in the PSL next season,” added the former Vipers custodian.
With four games to go, Chippa United will play thrice at home against Black Leopards, Tshakhuma, and Supersport United. They will also visit Bloemfontein Celtic in their only away fixture.
“Those are all tough ties. We must be on top of our game to get the results we need.”
“But I have a lot of faith and confidence in my teammates. The coaches are also doing all it takes to makes sure we do the needful,” Watenga noted.
Watenga has cemented his position in Chippa’s goalposts, playing all the last five games, including a losing debut against compatriot Denis Onyango as the Chillie Boys lost 2-1.
He went on to keep four straight clean sheets against Baroka (1-0), Golden Arrows (0-0), Kaizer Chiefs (1-0), and Stellenbosch (1-0).