Chippa chairperson admits firing coaches is expensive

Rhulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)
Rhulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)

Chippa United chairperson Siviwe "Chippa" Mpengesi admits it hurts the club financially when coaches are fired before their contract expires.

The Chilli Boys have struggled for stability over recent years as numerous coaches have come and gone, and Mpengesi knows that sacking coaches comes at a price.

"Firing coaches has an impact financially. I cannot lie because when we fire them we have to settle with them. Unlike (Norman) Mapeza for instance who resigned. He didn't receive anything but when it comes to other coaches we have to settle (financially) whether for three months or even more than that.

It depends on the coach's contract. It does cost us, I must say," Mpengesi told Independent Media.

"We always hope that every coach that comes can last long. We now have Rulani Mokwena. He has brought a breath of fresh air in the team. We are hoping that he will stay longer.

"Even though we take those decisions of firing coaches, it is not easy. It is not a nice thing to do. It is not something that we are proud of but, unfortunately, the worst that can happen is for the club to get relegated.

"There are consequences (for firing a coach) but at the same time we can't sit back and watch the team being hammered. The question is always: Do I go to NFD or I get attacked for firing coaches. That's how it is."

He added: "The thing that people don't understand is that I don't run Chippa United (on a day to day basis). I don't even draw a cent from that club. I only see the coach maybe once in three months.

"When it is time to fire coaches, people see me as Jomo Sono who is involved on the day to day running of the club. I'm not involved daily in running of the club. Every coach that comes here is free (to implement his plans).

"They work as if they are owning the club. There's no pressure, there's no interference. We support our coaches and we give them nice accommodations and we pay well."

- TEAMtalk media

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