Chippa United prepared for potential hooligans in Nedbank Cup semifinal against Kaizer Chiefs


Chippa United's management say they are more than ready for any unruly fan that might try to disrupt their Nedbank Cup semifinal against Kaizer Chiefs.

It was at the same stage of the competition last season that Amakhosi fans ran riot at Moses Mabhida Stadium, vandalising equipment and baying for the blood of former head coach Steve Komphela following a loss to Free State Stars.

Like this season, the Glamour Boys went into that semifinal following a string of poor results and the Nedbank Cup was their only hope for a trophy.

There have been fears among some fans that history might repeat itself on Saturday if the result doesn't go according to the Chiefs supporters' expectations, but the Chilli Boys have assured the supporters' safety at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"No we're prepared, obviously the cup is a PSL-function match," Chilli Boys chief operations officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi tells

"The PSL is more in charge, more than the club. PSL is the one who appoints security that will be servicing the match on that day. The status of Chippa and Chiefs is the same in this match, we are just coming to play.

"But obviously because we are the home team we took the initiative because we've had in the past a similar experience. We remember with Chiefs there was a time it was difficult where we beat them here at home, and there was also an incident where Stuart Baxter was still in charge where a fan was shot here inside the stadium because someone tried to pull a gun from the police officer.

"So we've had those incidents in the past and we have improved our security and numbers tremendously. We've hosted Chiefs after the incident once or twice again and it was incident-free. We've been meeting with the security cluster, and we are having a final meeting again.

"But I can assure you that we are prepared, and luckily for us Chippa United as opposed to other clubs, we are very much supported by law enforcement and the police, and the traffic services. They come to our games in numbers to make sure that people walk in safely. Law enforcement make sure around the stadium no illegal stuff is brought inside the stadium.

"They come in numbers the metro cops and we've got quite a number of Vispol Police around the stadium, but also public order police they are very important because they are trained to deal with the crowd. So we think we are fine, we think we are ready to host.

"We know that this is going to be a big game and it is a big game for the club Chippa United, also because it's a semifinal that we are hosting at home and you know aspirations of our people, there's lots of excitement. We think we have planned adequately.

"We'll promote and advise that the earlier they come to the stadium, the safer they are because it helps to avoid congestion at the gates. Again as the club, we would like to caution... you know with Saturday's games you will find that people leave their houses very early and then go to the spots the whole day, and then come to the stadium under the influence of alcohol. We would like to appeal and say that we discourage that.

"This is a World Cup stadium, we've got every facility, we've got courts there that are adequate for adults and kids. But we've also got bars that are meant to service other people, so there's no use them starting somewhere wanting to bring illegal stuff to the Stadium. We would like to appeal on that. But generally people of the Eastern Cape behave at the stadium, it will be very much foreign if they do something else."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 20h15. 

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