Chippa United are planning to celebrate their 10th year anniversary in front of a large crowd when they host Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, February 1.
The Chilli Boys are playing the in-form Buccaneers in an Absa Premiership encounter and they have organised a cake for the ceremony.
Established on the eve of the 2010 Fifa World Cup that was held in South Africa, the club is owned by Siviwe Mpengesi who was born and raised in the Eastern Cape, after he bought Castle League outfit Mbekweni Cosmos he later renamed it Chippa United FC.
In their first season in the Vodacom League (now ABC Motsepe League) they were crowned champions. They then finished their debut season in the National First Division (NFD) in second place behind University of Pretoria, and gained promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) through the Playoffs in 2012.
But they were relegated back to the NFD (now called GladAfrica Championship) in their first season in the Absa Premiership. They then won direct promotion back to the PSL the following season.
According to the club’s spokesman Lukhanyo Mzinzi there will be a lot of activities planned to take place on the day.
“We are having a game against Orlando Pirates,” Mzinzi tells FARPost.
“Our game was initially going to play at 15h00 but we changed it to 18h00 because we want to have lot of festivities during the day prior to the game.”
Mzinzi hinted that the club would provide entertainment in the form of musicians.
“The artists, I’m not at liberty to name them now because we are still busy with contracts. The artists, the celebrities, the sports fraternity personalities who have made a success of their careers.
“So we are planning to have that, the provincial government, the Premier and everyone at the Stadium to celebrate that. We will be cutting the cake just before the game starts, but we want it to be a special day.
“We’ve invited former players, like I’m saying we’ve invited a number of celebrities that hail from this province,” added Mzinzi.
Mzinzi says tickets for the day are selling at R40.
By Musa Nhlapo