Chippa chairman backs Hunt


Chippa United chairman Siviwe Mpengesi has shown his support for head coach Gavin Hunt following a mixed bag of fortunes into the new season.

The Chilli Boys have only won one game, drew two and lost three in the 2021/22 DStv Premiership.

The chairman has since admitted that this is not a pretty picture they had expected thus far, but the Chippa hierarchy want to give coach Hunt enough time for his players to adapt to his philosophies and there is a realisation that the process indeed needs time.

“Those of us who have been with the team since pre-season and have seen what the coach and the technical team have been trying to drill into the boys, are not as worried as those, whose only interaction with the team has been through watching our games on television. This is because we have seen the amount of work that has gone into improving this team. We have also seen how the boys are responding to what the coaches want from them. Everyone has been putting in a shift,” said the club’s chairman in a statement released on Tuesday morning, 12 October.

“And as management and owners of the team, we see and acknowledge this. This kind of commitment has really warmed our hearts and it makes us very happy. We are confident that, very soon, our fortunes will change for the better – setting ourselves on a course to success. In our last game before the international break, which we played at Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane against Supersport United, you could already see that the team is starting to take shape. While the game ended in a goalless draw, we picked up a lot of positives.

“In my last letter to you, which was published ahead of our opening game of the new season, I wrote that as management and owners of this team, we have been very impressed with what the coach and his technical team had achieved in the short space of time that they have been with us. I wrote about my trust in coach Gavin Hunt and I committed to do everything in my power to support him and his technical team and to make sure that they have everything they need to succeed in their mission. I still stand by that commitment.”

The Eastern Cape-based outfit’s next assignment will be against struggling Kaizer Chiefs in a league encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 16 October at 17:30, where Hunt is expected to field a strong team – a move which represents a change of tact from the club.

In his closing remarks, Mpengesi said: “The coach has our full support. We want to see him and the players succeed. So I urge all of you to be patient.

“Patience is important as it is a prime mediator of success in any sport, especially team sports like soccer. As owners, we are in this thing for the long haul and we are not looking for quick fixes at all.

“While we have had a difficult start this season, though only a few weeks old, has been nothing short of exciting. We have seen some wonderful displays of football, some really crazy performances and the injection of some much-needed energy into the local game. This has been exciting to watch.”

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