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.
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."
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