Norman Mapeza dumped Absa Premiership side Chippa United barely two weeks before Covid-19 slammed the door on football and may have to wait a little longer before returning to the dugout.
With football activities halted, Mapeza, who is back in Zimbabwe, is unlikely to get a new coaching job. But, his manager Gibson Mahachi has said the 47-year-old coach has no regrets about the timing of his decision.
According to Mahachi, Mapeza who left the Port Elizabeth side at the end of March after only five months in charge, believes his exit was ‘both in the interest of the coach and the club’.
“The decision by Mapeza to quit his role at Chippa United was well-calculated and thought out. There is nothing to regret,” Mahachi told a Zimbabwean daily, The Herald.
Mapeza took over PSL’s hottest seat at the Chilli Boys last year September, replacing Duran Francis, who briefly was in charge of the Eastern Cape side for 13 days following the sacking of Clinton Larsen.
Mahachi said the former FC Platinum gaffer was appreciative of the experience he gained at Chippa.
Unconfirmed reports were that Mapeza took home in the region of between R350 000 to R450 000 monthly, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the South African top division.
Mahachi reiterated that the former Zimbabwe international was not pushed out of the club because of serious differences with the club owner, maverick businessman Siviwe Mpengesi.
“Mapeza and Mpengesi were in good books, and they remain so,’’ said Mahachi.
In his letter of resignation, Mapeza indicated he was unable “to get the team where it is expected to be” because of “the short amount of time” he had spent with the boys.
Mapeza oversaw 20 games in all competitions – eight wins, eight defeats and four draws.
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By Mthokozisi Dube