Chippa United coach Dan Malesela says it took some time and a bit of consolation before accepting the offer to return to the ‘Chilli Boys’.
The love-hate relationship between the club and Malesela is set for a fourth chapter, after the coach signed a deal for until the end of the season with an option for another season.
Malesela, who was appointed to take over from Lehlohonolo Seema late last month, held his first official media briefing on Monday.
“The fact that the club keeps calling me, says that they have seen something in me that is different from other people,” the 55-year-old told the media.
“Fact is that you have to have results, you cannot sit at the club and say the club likes me and I like the club, and there are no results. But to fix a lot of things in terms of what is happening now is that we need to get results, we need to have a team that can get results. Playing good football, yes, but also getting good results.
“It took me about four to five days (to decide on the offer), I just don’t remember, but it took me some time. Obviously I had to consult, I had to speak with my manager and I also had to speak to my wife and family to say, is it okay to take the job,” explained Malesela.
His last stint at the Eastern Cape-based side was in August 2018‚ after just three matches. He had two previous stints; during the 2015/16 season, as well as the 2016/17 season.
Malesela’s first assignment will be an away encounter against SuperSport United on Wednesday, followed by another tough away encounter against Golden Arrows three days later.
Chippa are winless in their last five matches and currently sit third from bottom on the DStv Premiership table.
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By Ofhani Munyai