Seema explains risky Chippa move


Newly appointed Chippa United head coach Lehlohonolo Seema tells he is not thinking about being fired and answers questions about money.

After Rhulani Mokwena's loan spell with The Chilli Boys expired at the end of June, the Port Elizabeth outfit announced the arrival of Seema on Monday.

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While the move to Chippa happened very quickly, Seema reveals he was thinking about leaving Celtic for a while already.

"No, this thing happened so fast and just overnight of Sunday and Monday it was done," Seema tells

"But it's not like we fought or there was something that happened at Celtic to make me move immediately. It's a thought that has been on my mind that 'hey man I've been at Celtic for some time now' and people even when you hear them they tell you, 'Now you do well only at Celtic.' Then I said maybe it's time I get a new challenge, let me see, let me grow and try."

"I didn't even know where it will be or when it will happen. So it happened that the call came while I was still thinking. So when the opportunity came, I said okay, maybe God is confirming what I want. We spoke with the chairman [Siviwe Mpengesi], he told me what he wants from me and we agreed with certain things.

"I then turned in my resignation letter and that was it, and Bloemfontein Celtic understood what I was trying to get. No one is owing anyone anything, so we are fine."

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Seema departed Celtic with the club in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, but he insists his departure from Celtic had nothing to do with money.

"My brother, I can still do that here at Chippa. So I'm one guy that likes challenges and I stick. Yes, we are working to get paid, we have families. But if it was about money, I could have left Celtic long time ago. I could have, because we all know that our financial problems have been well documented.

"If I pass the test at Chippa, the six games now and then we manage to save the status, it's a learning curve that is a plus for me. So I'm not scared, I'm trying to learn my brother new challenges."

Asked if reports that he spent three months without getting a salary at Celtic are true, he said: "Let's leave those things bra Sipho, I'm no more at Celtic.

"Like I've said I've closed the chapter of Celtic. Let's not dwell on the things of the past, I'm fine, nobody is fighting me at Celtic, I'm not fighting with them. They gave me their blessings, let's focus on the future.

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"But if I come here and think that I would be fired, he's trigger-happy, me I will say at the same time that I believe in my abilities and then I will give it my best shot. If it works, it works, if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. They say in football 'you are fired the day you are hired'. I'm a young coach, I'm learning all the ropes. Unfortunately in football, sometimes you learn the hard way. But if you are a coach that is scared of taking risks because of the past history, then..."

Seema's immediate focus will be to guide Chippa to safety as the team sits in 12th position, six points above bottom-placed AmaZulu.

"Ja, we win two games just to save the status. Next season we are building the team, so it's not a mandate it's something that is obvious," he adds.

"I know because when you check at the log there you will see that if you win two, three games you are safe. In six games there's not much you can do. I think it's one of the tasks that we can say, 'Okay, for you to get three years, you just need to win two games.'"

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