Chippa United heading for 18th coach?

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: backpage pix  Known for his ‘gung-ho’ approach in years gone by, Chippa Mpengesi is posed to fire coach Roger Sikhakhane.

PHOTO: backpage pix Known for his ‘gung-ho’ approach in years gone by, Chippa Mpengesi is posed to fire coach Roger Sikhakhane.

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ROGER Sikhakhane’s imminent departure at Chippa United will mean the club will have had 17 coaches in charge in just three-and-a-half seasons.

Sikhakhane has been suspended by the club amid claims he reported for work “smelling of alcohol” during the Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cup on Sunday – a claim he disputes.

It’s hardly surprising given chairman’s Chippa Mpengesi’s gung-ho approach in years gone by.

The Chilli Boys first came to the fore in the 2011/12 season when they made waves in the First Division, winning promotion to the top-flight with Sikhakhane in charge.

However, he was discarded before the first game even started, with Manqoba Mngqithi taking over the coaching duties.

But just two games in and he was on his bike, with Julius Dube taking over as caretaker coach before being shown the door a month later.

Sikhakhane returned, but lasted just 15 days as Farouk Abrahams came in. Abrahams started well, but he too was booted amidst claims of player favouritism, paving the way for Wilfred Mugeyi to leave his job as Ajax Cape Town assistant and move to the Chilli Boys.

However, results were not forthcoming and the Zimbabwean was fired, leaving Mark Harrison to try and stave off relegation with just two games left – and ultimately futile attempt.

The Englishman accompanied the team back to the First Division but resigned not long into the campaign, allowing Ian Palmer to take over the reins.

Vladislav Heric replaced him in January 2013 and proved to be the man to lead the team back to the PSL, but his reward was to not get offered a new contract.

Sikhakhane took over the hotseat once again as new coach Kosta Papic awaited his work- permit, but the Serbian was soon on his way out – upset with boardroom decisions taken behind his back.

Once again Sikhakhane was called upon, taking over with the team on just four points. By the turn of the year they were sitting pretty in eighth place on 22 points, but seemingly that was not enough for Mpengesi, who brought in Ernst Middendorp, fresh from his sacking as Bloemfontein Celtic coach.

The German had a horror run as coach, failing to win a single match before he was suspended on 30 March, “pending the outcome of an investigation and possible hearing”. That investigation is yet to take place.

Technical director Mich D’Avray took charge in a caretaker capacity, but after four matches at the helm (won one, drew one, lost two), he was also let go.

Eddie Dyaloyi took over for the remaining two games of the season against Mpumalanga Black Aces and Kaizer Chiefs.

That meant yet another return to the hotseat for Sikhakhane at the start of the season, during which time he led them in 11 League games, winning four and drawing one to leave them eighth in the standings. –

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