Chippa boss up to his old tricks again

The Herald (South Africa) - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

CHIPPA United are only three games into the new PSL sea­son and al­ready owner Siviwe Mpen­gesi is up to his old tricks.

Coach Dan Male­sela was fired this week only hours af­ter his team lost 3-1 at home to Baroka on Tues­day night.

The de­ci­sion to axe Male­sela will have taken some by sur­prise but it should not have if one con­sid­ers Mpen­gesi’s im­pul­sive streak when it comes to the hir­ing and fir­ing of coaches.

At one stage, in 2012-2013, Chippa’s re­volv­ing door spat out five coaches in 10 months. The team re­lo­cated to Port El­iz­a­beth in 2014 and have since changed their coach five times.

Mat­ters ap­peared to have set­tled down to some de­gree when Male­sela took over in Jan­uary 2016. He helped the team sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion that sea­son and then man­aged an im­pres­sive sixth po­si­tion in the fol­low­ing cam­paign.

Last sea­son he reached the semi­fi­nals of two cup com­pe­ti­tions but it was the team’s lack of league re­sults that saw Mpen­gesi draw his six-shooter once again.

This de­spite nu­mer­ous in­juries and the un­timely sale of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers con­tribut­ing heav­ily to Chippa’s un­der­per­for­mance.

As a re­sult, and to­wards the end of the sea­son, he placed Male­sela on “special leave” but bizarrely called him back af­ter only two weeks for the fi­nal two games of last sea­son in a des­per­ate bid to keep his team in the top flight. Again, Male­sela staved off rel­e­ga­tion.

Ad­mit­tedly, the Chilli Boys’ loss to Baroka would have come as an em­bar­rass­ment. And yes, Chippa only have three log points to show for their ef­forts. But by thump­ing the panic but­ton with only three games played and as many as 81 points still left to play for, Mpen­gesi ap­pears to have made an­other rash de­ci­sion.

Former Or­lando Pirates star Te­boho Moloi was yes­ter­day slipped the poi­soned chal­ice and will take charge as care­taker coach for Chippa’s away game against Plat­inum Stars to­mor­row.

Hav­ing been within Chippa’s coach­ing struc­tures be­fore, un­til as re­cently as May, Moloi will be aware he needs eyes in the back of his head.

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