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Chippa United: The amazing rags to riches story

Posted: 2 August 2012 Time: 15:43

From car guard to club boss: The rise of Chippa United owner 'Chippa' Mpengesi.

In the latest issue of KICK OFF magazine you can read all about Chippa United and the man behind the team's meteoric rise through the ranks: Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi.

Chippa United are the first team to win back-to-back promotions from the Vodacom Second Division straight to the Premiership and, at 35, Mpengesi is the youngest club boss in the PSL.

Mpengesi's first job, as a car guard in Cape Town, earned him R900 per month, but laid the foundations for the man he is today.

'Chippa' then took a security training course, and registered his own company, Chippa Investment Holdings.

"No one wanted to do business with me because I couldn't speak English properly," he reveals. "I approached Pick 'n Pay and asked them if I could collect their trolleys that people were stealing.

"Those trolleys cost R500 each and when I collected 800 trolleys in one go, they recovered a lot of money and gave me a contract."

Since that day, it's been a case of strength to strength, until Mpengesi bought the status of Paarl-based Mbekweni Cosmos for R400 000 in 2009.

"Getting promoted from the Vodacom League to the Premiership is a great achievement, and something no other club has achieved before," Chippa says. "When I bought this club my vision was to make this history."

Get the latest issue of KICK OFF – or click HERE to buy your own copy online!

Find out more:

  • How Chippa fought through three Leagues in three seasons
  • The club's three-year plan to make it to Africa
  • New coach Manqoba Mngqithi's plans to keep playing 'township football'
  • Gift Sithole reveals how he 'kind of expected' to win that Golf 6 GTI ...

Previous comments on this story...

Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 04:21 pm
well done chippa
Diego wa lEKHOSI(DWL)
posted: 04:35 pm
Khosification show tonight 18H30 on EY (Express Yourself Soccer Laduma) for all khosi fans please participate and share your view so that we can built a very strong club:your Host sir treckorr.spread the message around let glamour rule this world
sekhokho
posted: 06:19 pm
some of us are learnin frm tht thanx chippa, nd gud luck in ths amazin achievment!
Mosixty
posted: 06:40 pm
This story is being told over nd over. If it was a Disc, it would have gotten a scratch by now. Guys stop the tendency of over telling a story otherwise people will start to investigate the authentic of the story or whether it was done with the sole purpose of feeling pity for chippa. For now congratulations to mpengesi
Galliano
posted: 07:29 pm
tahts a good achievement,but his dream somehow is over-exaggerated when he says he is gonna win the psl
Galliano
posted: 07:30 pm
tahts a good achievement,but his dream somehow is over-exaggerated when he says he is gonna win the psl
smambo
posted: 07:37 pm
Good luck MCHIPANA , dont forget to develop players from Langa ,Gugulethu ,Nyanga and Khayelitsha ,i believe there is lot untapped talent there, also dont forget to invite Mayambela he might available b4 transfer closes.KHOSI 4 LIFE
bhakashusha
posted: 10:08 pm
Welcome boys bt b warned ds is whr REAL football is played#bucs-barca
Tablas
posted: 10:18 pm
My boy Siphiwe "Bhere" Sithole congrats...u deserved it mfana 'sekasi
NICMOTEB
posted: 08:14 am
great achivement boy
bramoks
posted: 12:27 pm
I think he erred when he relieved the previous coach from his duties. I don't see Manqoba doing well at the team. Never mind lasting the whole season. He should have stuck with the previous coach
bramoks
posted: 12:27 pm
I think he erred when he relieved the previous coach from his duties. I don't see Manqoba doing well at the team. Never mind lasting the whole season. He should have stuck with the previous coach
bramoks
posted: 12:27 pm
I think he erred when he relieved the previous coach from his duties. I don't see Manqoba doing well at the team. Never mind lasting the whole season. He should have stuck with the previous coach
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