Larsen hits back at Mpengesi jibe


Clinton Larsen has hit back at his former boss Siviwe Mpengesi for calling him 'Isidididi' live on national television recently.

Isidididi is an IsiZulu word used to describe someone who does not know what he is doing.

Sitting in a chair as a guest at the SABC studios, the Chippa United chairman was asked by Sport@10 presenter Thomas Mlambo if he could guarantee that current head coach Lehlohonolo Seema would at least beat the eight months that Clinton Larsen spent at the club.

Mpengesi replied: "Seema has broken a record you know, after many years he's a coach who gives us four points in the games [at the beginning of the league]. I pray that at least this year he can finish the season.

"Because I have tasted relegation so I can see when a coach is in the dark. Larsen I could see that this one, there's an Isidididi here you know. Look what has happened to Polokwane [City] now? I saw it coming. But I don't blame myself for that decision, maybe others you know."

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After being made aware of Mpengesi's claims, Larsen has responded.

"Is it? But you know when I saved the team and we went to the semi-finals they were saying they had the best coach," Larsen tells

"When I saved the team and went to the semi-finals of Nedbank, even his son was saying, 'Hey, we've got the best coach.' But like I said, I don't talk badly about people you know. I've never ever spoken badly about any of the clubs I've worked for.

"I've worked for Celtic, Maritzburg, Arrows, Polokwane, Chippa, and not once have you ever heard me speak badly about any of my club bosses. And I can say a lot about Chippa, a lot. But I won't because I'm a professional.

"And I think everyone knows there's a lot going on at that club, that is kept away from the public. So ja I think it's very immature of him to say that after what I've done for that club.

"People are very, very short-sighted. I do not want to air dirty laundry and there's a lot of dirty laundry that can be aired."

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