Absa Premiership

Chippa boss: 'We want to be the Leicester of SA football'

Siviwe Mpengesi (Gallo Images)
Siviwe Mpengesi (Gallo Images)

Chippa United boss Siviwe Mpengesi has big ambitions for his team as he eyes the Premier Soccer League title.

The Chilli Boys entered the enforced break as a result of the coronavirus in 12th place on the league standings, just six places clear of bottom-side Black Leopards.

But taking inspiration from English Premier side Leicester City, who came from nowhere to win the league in 2016, Mpengesi feels his side have the quality to compete with the league's established sides.

Mpengesi told IOL website: "We want to see ourselves as a number four club after Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

"In terms of the following and the interest, we are there among the top clubs.

"Our club has a huge following. I’m not only talking about people that are going into the stadium but people who are sitting at home and people who are watching on television."

He added: "There are clubs who have been in the PSL for a while, but they don’t have the impact that we have among the masses in South Africa. We are the club of the people.

"We want to be a Leicester City of South African football. We believe we can fulfil that goal if you look at the players we have at our disposal and the facilities we have and the following that we generate as a club."

- TEAMtalk media