Chippa close in on coach number 10 for the year


Chippa United’s caretaker Kurt Lentjies will have reason to panic as he walks out on Saturday to take charge of his first game against Baroka when domestic football resumes.

Lentjies has become the latest addition to a huge pile of coaching names that club boss Siviwe Mpengesi has appointed either as substantive or interim coaches through the club’s lifespan in the PSL.

In first-ever coaching duties, the 36-year-old will be assisted by Siyabulela Gwambi. 

He is the seventh coach that has taken charge of training at Chippa this year in the comedy show unravelling at the club.

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The year started out with Dan Malesela in charge, but he was sacked in April just four months after his fourth stint.

Gwambi was then handed the reigns taking charge for three games after their second attempt to have Luc Eymael didn’t work out.

Eymael travelled all the way to Gqeberha where he was unveiled and then took charge of training before the club backtracked the following day due to pressure considering all the racism controversies around the Belgian.

Vladislav Heric then returned and oversaw six games before he was also shown the door with Lehlohonolo Seema in charge for the rest of the season before he left for Golden Arrows.

Gavin Hunt was then appointed at the beginning of the season but without a win, in nine games the writing was on the wall.

According to the club Hunt has been placed on precautionary suspension following a horrible start.

The club’s statement says Lentjies has now retired though he has featured in six games this season including the club’s last game against Maritzburg United nine days ago.

Also suspended is Hunt’s men Ian Taylor and Roy Limongelli.

For all the criticism that is always directed at Mpengesi he has been able to attract a myriad of coaches through the last decade in professional football amongst them Manqoba Mngqithi, Kosta Papic, Ernst Middendorp, Mich d’Avray, Teboho Moloi, Rulani Mokwena, Clinton Larsen, Norman Mapeza and Eric Tinkler. 

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