Former Chippa United coach Rulani Mokwena has bid farewell to the Port Elizabeth-based club as his stay officially ends today.
Mokwena joined the Chilli Boys in March this year on loan from Orlando Pirates.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mokwena was only in charge of one match before the League was temporarily suspended, which was the goalless draw against Bidvest Wits.
“After six months at the helm, it’s with overwhelming emotion that I officially announce that I have successfully served my loan contract as coach of Chippa United and close a short yet extremely beneficial period of my coaching career,” wrote Mokwena in a statement released on Tuesday.
“As we complete our contract, we depart with respect, dignity and appreciation knowing that we leave the club better than we found it. I want to thank the Chairman (Chippa Mpengesi), his family and management for the opportunity and support,” read the statement.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach also paid a special tribute to his enter technical team.
“The technical team for their support, patience, hard work and sacrifice. We spent lockdown together in Port Elizabeth, you risked your safety and sacrificed time away from your families just so you could put in the work which went beyond the ordinary 24 hours. You guys are incredible and it was a pleasure working with you.
“Thank you to the people of Port Elizabeth and the Chilli Boys supporters for the warm reception and your hospitality. You’ve got a great club that got a lot more potential than you can imagine,” he said before concluding with a special tribute to the players.
“Last but not least, my biggest thank you goes to Chippa United players. Contrary to what the log says, there is incredible talent and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for each and every single one of you. Thank you for your hard work, humility and trust,” added Mokwena.
The coach and Orlando Pirates are yet to comment on what the future holds for him at the Soweto Giants.
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