Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye has voiced her excitement about Chippa United reaching the finals of the Nedbank Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
The Chilli Boys knocked out Pretoria Callies 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium last week to reach the final of the prestigious tournament and they will face Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila on May 8 at Free State Stadium.
Should Chippa win the trophy they will qualify to play in the Caf Confederation Cup, to the delight of Nkomonye.
She told FARPost that that the province is happy for the team.
“The province is excited about the achievement by Chippa United as it is for the first time for the Eastern Cape Team to reach the finals after such a long time. The Eastern Cape has CAF and FIFA approve infrastructure in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City which are homegrownds for Chippa United.
“This province is committed to supporting teams that are representing it at both National and international levels. This applies to both multi-coded and single team sports. In doing this we engage and involve federations as custodians of sport,” said Nkomonye.
She further acknowledged the failed move for former Polokwane City coach Luc Eymael to the Chilli Boys.
“The department expressed its opinion on the matter of Luc Eymael. It should be noted that whilst we do not recruit and fire coaches for clubs, we can’t keep quite when there is controversy and we can’t be associated with those that champion racist tendencies,”added Nkomonye.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter