Chippa responds to Pirates rumours


Chippa United boss Chippa Mpengesi has assured his club's supporters that Orlando Pirates are not about to pounce to sign one of their defenders.

Pirates are in the market for defenders and have reportedly been targeting Burundian centre-back Frederic Nsabiyumva before the transfer window closes.

The 24-year-old, who was also linked with a move overseas before the end of last season, said recently he was aware of interest from the Soweto giants.

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However, the Chilli Boys are not ready to let Nsabiyumva go, at least not for now.

"Those rumours of Pirates were really a fake because Pirates never approached us," said Mpengesi at half-time of his side's 3-0 loss to SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday.

"Yes, there were clubs interested. But if the coach feels he is still part of the team and not interested to release him, at the right time he will play."

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Meanwhile, Chippa will use their league match against Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday (15h30) Stadium to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

United are celebrating their 10th anniversary since the team was formed in 2010 after Chippa Mpengesi bought the status of Vodacom League side Mbekweni Cosmos.

This year the Chilli Boys have been playing for seven years under the PSL umbrella, and are still searching for their first major trophy.

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Club chairman Chippa Mpengesi says his team could not wait for any bigger game than hosting Pirates in Port Elizabeth to celebrate the milestone.

"It's a big game. Orlando Pirates in the Eastern Cape is a big event," said Mpengesi.

"As you know, Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs draw a lot of supporters. So we could not have any other day than Saturday to celebrate our 10th anniversary in front of a full capacity. We are looking forward to the game."

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