Vasco’s Lesch: No derby stress
Friday, January 24, 2014 (09:50)
Keenan Lesch @ Backpagepix
Keenan Lesch @ Backpagepix

Despite the high stakes at play in Saturday’s

Cape Town derby between Chippa United

and Vasco da Gama, Vasco coach Keenin

Lesch is not getting overly worked up.

He said it when the team were struggling

for consistency earlier this season, and

he’s saying it again now after a six match

winning streak (followed by a draw) has

seen his side draw level on points with

Chippa at the top of the table:

there is no pressure and no expectancy

at Vasco. “I said it before, at Vasco we

are all about having fun and enjoying ourselves. I am very fortunate

not to have any pressure from management, and that translates to the players,

said the 32-year-old

former midfielder. “Its like a big family here, everyone plays for each other, and we just go

out on to the park to enjoy ourselves. If the goals come, they come, if they don’t they

don’t, you can’t win every game, but you can have fun every time you play.

“I’m still new at coaching, but so far the philosophy is working for me; there is no need to overcomplicate things or put too much pressure on the players.

“You can see in training this week, we have not done anything different, yes it’s a big

game and derby pride is at stake, but we go out to try and win every match, so nothing

has changed.”

While Vasco have taken 19 of the last available 21, Chippa are also in decent form,

having picked up 13 points from their last six matches, although they did go down

2-0 to FC Cape Town in another local derby last weekend.

It’s a game neither side wants to lose and the match will be certain to provide

the Philippi crowd with some bone-jarring derby thrills and spills.

FC Cape Town are also playing in the Mother City on Saturday, the African Beasts

facing a stern test of their credentials as a team on the rise when they meet a

Jomo Cosmos side that has just claimed back-to-back wins over African Warrior

s and Milano United.

Also on Saturday, Black Leopards host Baroka FC in an eagerly anticipated Limpopo

derby at the newly-opened Makhuvha Stadium, while Maluti FET College welcome

Witbank Spurs to the Charles Mopeli Stadium, neither side having won yet in 2014

, although Maluti have only played one game this year.

Up in Mbombela, Sivutsa Stars (11th) go head-to-head with Santos (5th), the Cape

side needing a win to boost them back into the promotion places, while the hosts

will be wanting to move further away from the relegation zone and closer to the

top eight. The action continues on Sunday with a KZN derby between Thanda Royal Zulu

and Blackburn Rovers, a first since Rovers’ moved from Mthatha. With both clubs

in the relegation zone, this should be another thrilling derby affair for fans to look 

forward to this weekend.

The day’s other matches are between United FC and African Warriors, while

Milano United host Roses United in a match shifted to a 16H30 kick off in Wynberg.

Weekend fixtures as follows:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

14:00 FC Cape Town v Jomo Cosmos - Parow Park

15:30 Black Leopards v Baroka FC - Makhuvha Stadium

15:30 Maluti FET College v Witbank Spurs - Charles Mopeli Stadium

15:30 Sivutsa Stars v Santos - Kabokweni Stadium

19:30 Chippa United vVasco Da Gama - Phillipi Stadium

Sunday, January 26, 2014

15:30 Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Blackburn Rovers - Umhlathuze Sports Complex

15:30 United FC v African Warriors - Olympia Stadium

16:30 Milano United AFC v Roses United - Wynberg Military Base

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