Dan Dance 'not allowed' at Chippa again


Dan 'Dance' Malesela will not go back to Chippa United again unless it is on his own terms, the recently-fired coach tells KickOff.com.

Malesela was sacked for the fourth time by trigger-happy club owner Siviwe Mpengesi following a 5-1 defeat to Maritzburg United last weekend.

"It will be under very strict conditions, it must be that I don't coach the team for less than 20 or 25 matches," Malesela tells KickOff.com regarding whether he would consider returning for a fifth spell.

"The trip to PE is too long, and also I don't think my family or my wife will allow... I doubt if they will allow me to go there. Unless if it's under very different conditions, and as well that I get to choose my own people you know that I will work with, from the team manager.

"There's a lot of people that people think are good but they are not. I don't want to be associated with politicians in football, I want to be associated with football people. You must consider the fact that I'm the only one who's taken Chippa to four semi-finals now. No one has done that, you can bring whoever.

"My unfortunate part is that I have never had a team with household names or very good resources in terms of the playing personnel. I've always been building players. And while I'm building I must get results you know. So if I do get a situation where I don't have to build but get quality players, players that understand what they must do, players that can listen, then I think I can succeed.

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"But also, you must understand that PE is a very isolated place. There is no club around there in the Eastern Cape. You have only one club and a lot of players are not from PE. There's a lot of things I needed to manage. I needed to manage where players were staying because this one was making noise or whatever, and this one was having fun until 5 o'clock in the morning and the neighbours are complaining... so it's just a concoction of a lot things that I had to deal with.

"People may say I'm making excuses but it's the reality of life that I had to live. Forget about what Chippa [Mpengesi] is doing or what he has not done. It also goes to the players to say you must own up you know."

Controversial Belgian coach Luc Eymael has been provisionally brought in as technical advisor for Chippa while Siyabulela Gwambi has been elevated to interim head coach.

Malesela says he never expected his stay with the Chilli Boys to be so short this time around.

"No, no... and reasonably so because we seemed to have an understanding of where we are and the team we have. You must understand, I didn't create the squad. It was what I found and what I tried to bring in later. So I didn't expect to be dismissed at this time."

The former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns captain will not hesitate to jump in and start preparing for next season if a coaching opportunity arises somewhere else.

"I can't take a break, if there's something good then I will take it. I hope I get something better very soon."

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