Chippa coach backs Kassaly

Daouda Kassaly’s fumble cost his side their first Cape derby, but his coach still supports him.

Daouda Kassaly’s fumble cost his side their first Cape derby but his coach still supports him.

CAPE TOWN - Chippa United caretaker coach Farouk Abrahams on Monday said he was behind goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly, despite his costly mistake.

Kassaly's fumble at goal led to Ajax Cape Town winning the derby on Friday evening.

The Urban Warriors won 3-2.

Abrahams, a former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach, said he has to put his faith in the Niger keeper.

"How he recovers from this is actually entirely up to him. He's an international player and I cannot afford to drop him, not because that will shatter his confidence ahead of Afcon."

Abrahams said dropping him ahead of their match with Orlando Pirates next week would not do any good.

"He's able to pull off world class saves. Yes he makes mistakes sometimes, but I have to back him."

The victory helped Ajax to climb the log.

They are currently at number 12 on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table.