‘Chippa lacks visionary leadership’ – sponsor

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has released a scathing statement criticising Chippa United.

On Monday, the ‘Chilli Boys’ parted ways with coach Norman Mapeza, who resigned.

Port Elizabeth’s acting executive mayor Marlon Daniels is not impressed with the happenings at the club and he’s made his feelings known in a statement.

“I would like to express our serious concern about the recent resignation of Norman Mapeza,” Daniels said in the statement.

Norman Mapeza is the latest coach to leave Chippa United.

“Over the past two seasons, we have seen the team frequently changing coaches and senior managers. It was Dan Malesela, Eric Tinkler, Joel Masutha, Clinton Larsen, Duran Francis, now Norman Mapeza, who we are told decided to resign.

“What worries us most is the fact that all these changes or firing of coaches and managers have been characterised by lack of visionary leadership, a clumsy management style and an obvious lack of understanding of the business of football.

“We believe that this style of management is the reason the team has found itself fighting relegation every season, including the current season.

“As the main sponsor of the team and a partner who really has the best interest of the team at heart, we call upon the management of Chippa United to shape up.

“Our city has invested a lot of ratepayers’ money in this team. This team carries the dreams and aspirations of young footballers of our city and province.

“If things continue like this, we might not be lucky this time to survive the relegation axe.”

Chippa, in response, say they’ve noted the statement and the points raised in it.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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