Chippa United boss Siviwe Mpengesi recently made an admission that could prove a game-changer for Chippa United coach Rulani Mokwena.
South Africa’s coaching prodigy Mokwena took over the Chilli Boys’ hotseat at the start of March and has revealed that the club’s supremo, Mpengesi, is considering taking a leaf from his Mamelodi Sundowns counterpart, Patrice Motsepe.
“He said to me ‘perhaps it’s time to show patience and a little bit more understanding (with coaches). Albert Einstein said stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. This was the quote he used to me. He also said, ‘coach I’m tired of firing coaches, maybe it’s about time I take a leaf out of Patrice Motsepe’s book and show more patience and support for coaches’,” Mokwena told FARPost.
The man Mpengesi wants to emulate, Motsepe, recently handed a contract extension to Pitso Mosimane, a deal that will keep him at the club until 2024. Mosimane has been with Sundowns since 2012.
On the other hand, Chippa has had an unbelievable coaches’ turnover since 2011 when they were campaigning in the National First Division. Mokwena’s predecessor, Norman Mapeza, was the 20th coach to take charge of the Port Elizabeth outfit in the last 9 years.
The longest coaching stint at the club was that of Dan Malesela, who was at the helm for 14 months between March 2016 and April 2017.
Mokwena, the 8th to mentor the Chilli Boys in a space of 2 years, hopes his new boss can live up to those words. He believes the club has enormous potential and can easily be turned into a force to be reckoned with in local football.
“It’s a great club with great facilities in a province with so much talent and where supporters love this club so much. The club can really become one of the strongholds in South African football, but it takes time to build something of value,” he added.
Mokwena described Mpengesi as a hardworking, driven, go-getter who wants his businesses and the club to succeed.
“I’ve found him to be a very good human being apart from being a good leader. He has a soft side to him. He has good leadership qualities in addition to his ambition and desire to succeed,” said Mokwena.
Here are Chippa coaches since 2011:
Roger Sikhakhane, Manqoba Mngqithi, Julius Dube (caretaker), Farouk Abrahams, Wilfred Mugeyi, Mark Harrison, Ian Palmer, Vladislav Heric, Kosta Papic, Ernst Middendorp, Mich d’Avray (caretaker), Eddie Dyaloyi (caretaker), Dan Malesela, Mbuyiselo Sambu (caretaker), Teboho Moloi, Eric Tinkler, Joel Masutha, Clinton Larsen, Duran Francis (caretaker) and Norman Mapeza.
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