Farouk Abrahams blames players for being fired by Chippa United
Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 12:25
Farouk Abrahams says Chippa United firing him “just came out of the blue” – and claims out-of-favour players are behind the unrest at the club.
Chilli Boys officials are mum on the matter but spokesperson Lukhanyo Mzinzi hinted to KickOff.com that Chippa and Abrahams are going their separate ways.
Abrahams, who took over in October, was handed a two-and-a-half year contract after reviving the fledgling fortunes of the club, but now he is heading for the exit door.
Former Ajax Cape Town assistant coach Wilfred Mugeyi will be the man to take over.
“Yes, I can confirm that I have been released from my duties and Wilfred Mugeyi will take over from tomorrow,” Abrahams tells KickOff.com.
“All I can say now is that there was apparently some issues with the players that wasn’t part of the plan which everybody agreed on – myself and the management.
“So now apparently some of them have got issues with me and also they raised all sorts of accusations against me. The general manager investigated everything and they couldn’t find any proof of what they were suggesting against me. It’s not football issues so now I’ll have another meeting with the chairman to see how he reads the whole issue.
“Yesterday everything was fine between me and him when we met with 'OJ' [Mabizela, who just signed for Chippa]. We had nice things to talk about for the future, this came out of the blue that they are accepting the status quo that the players that have created.
“Those are the players that didn’t feature in the immediate plans that created this. In football there are always those players who won’t be in the coach’s plans and will try to get the coach fired. They fear that the guys who are on the outside will influence the players that are inside.
“I have a wonderful relationship with the chairman and I’m looking forward to talk to him again about this once everything is calm.”
Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Chris Maqashu