Chippa confirm plans to leave PE

Premiership

Chippa United have confirmed plans to move the club away from Nelson Mandela Bay, where they have been based for the past six years.

Chippa have been based in Port Elizabeth since entering an agreement with the NMB Municipality back in 2014 but are now seeking to relocate to East London, the club has confirmed.

This follows reports suggesting Siviwe Mpengesi's side was set to break its agreement with the Municipality, however, a statement released on Wednesday has explained the reason behind their move for the 2020/21 PSL season.

"Chippa United would like to clarify reports pertaining to the team relocating to East London [Buffalo City Metro]. It's common knowledge that the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has been a quarantine site since May 2020, in which the club was never consulted on the issue," read a statement from the Chilli Boys.

"It made our preparation for the bio-bubble very difficult due to the lack of training facilities, which could be seen in our first encounter against Cape Town City FC, also putting the club in a very peculiar position in terms meeting and complying with the League's deadlines.

"So the club had to submit Absa Stadium in East London as their main home venue and Sisa Dukashe Stadium as alternative venue for the start of the 2020/21. The club is also currently engaging with all revelant stakeholders to make the move permanent."

The new campaign is expected to kick off on October 9, according to plans revealed by chairman Irvin Khoza during a press conference that preceded the 2019/20 season restart earlier this month.

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