Chippa United coach axed

2012-08-23 00:00

SOMETIMES inexplicable things happen in football. And so it was yesterday when newly appointed Chippa United manager Manqoba Mngqithi was sacked by the club just 45 days after he was employed.

Chippa, a Cape Town-based club in only their third year of existence, won back-to-back promotions in their first two years to earn their place among the country’s elite.

After just two matches this season — a 1-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the respected Free State Stars on Tuesday — patience with Mngqithi has absurdly run out.

But while the club would not go into detail about Mngqithi’s sudden dismissal, it appears that there is more than simply a couple of bad results that prompted the decision by the club’s chairperson, founder and owner of Chippa Investment Holdings, Siviwe Mpengesi.

“Obviously the decision was made by the chairperson,” Chippa’s media officer, Lukanyo Mzinzi, told The Witness yesterday. “At this stage we cannot discuss the reasons for the dismissal, but we can confirm that there were a whole lot of reasons. It wasn’t just based on results.”

Mzinzi said the club would hold a board meeting tomorrow to discuss the decision in more detail and to plan the way forward.

Assistant coaches Roger Sikhakhane and Julius Dube would take over the coaching until a replacement for Mngqithi was found.

Thanda Royal Zulu coach Mlungisi Ngubane has been linked heavily with the post — so much so that by yesterday afternoon, the PSL’s official website had already replaced Mngqithi’s name with Ngubane’s as head coach of Chippa.

This is the latest disappointment for the Umzimkhulu-born Mngqithi. After earning a reputation as one of the country’s finest young local coaches, he left Durban-based Golden Arrows to join AmaZulu in the 2010/11 season, but was sacked last September after a string of poor results left Usuthu in 15th position on the 16-team table.

Mngqithi now has the misfortune of being the first PSL manager axed this season. Efforts to contact him were unsuccessful.

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